The barrage of election year articles in the 3rd Congressional District have led me to question: Where is John Garamendi?
With this election year and a challenger, he has had a few two-hour town meetings at odd times, limiting participation.
Arguably he is the vastly experienced congressman, ex-insurance commissioner, that read and voted for the Affordable Care Act. He knew he was also giving himself a special perk that pays 75 percent of his health care even though he makes $174,000. Why is he not using Obamacare that he voted for?
It is reported that he is the congressional record-holder with more than $70,000 in private-sponsor travel, most recently to the Caribbean and touted as not costing the taxpayers a dime. What he fails to realize is he is costing his constituents his time! It is interesting to note his latest travel was along side Rep. George Miller, who is retiring from Congress. Perhaps Mr. Garamendi is focused elsewhere.
His recent award from the heavy water users, the rice growers, indicates he must be doing something in California.
Why did he spend time to sponsor a cruise ship travel bill when he must know that the water shortage is critical? He doesn’t like Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnel proposal so, with his vast experience, why could he not have reduced his travels and found time to take a leadership role from his important position on the House Agriculture Committee? Stay local and tour the water-starved Central Valley at taxpayers expense to actually help the farmers.
California is one of the largest economies in the world. It is time for Mr. Garamendi to report for duty.