Letter to Editor: Golden is on the right track

To the Editor:

In his latest letter attacking 2nd Congressional District Rep. Jared Golden, the exuberantly combative Andy Torbett got fantastically tangled his own rhetoric. In fact, the example he cites refutes his argument.

Torbett notes Golden’s statement that he voted against the Democratic gun control bill because it did not reflect the will of his constituents. So far, so good.

But Torbett also tries to smear Golden as “silent, cowed, bullied, mute, still, obeisant, beaten, whimpering, and quiet” in the face of overreach by Democrats (such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who really seems to have Torbett clutching his pearls). In light of the facts, he might have used this as an opportunity to praise Golden for keeping his word to his constituents despite being under pressure from his party leaders.

Jared Golden ran as a Democrat and won on his promise to faithfully serve our diverse district — which he is doing.

In voting against the proposed regulations, Golden called for legislation which acknowledges the logistical, technical, and social complexities of the issue. Golden is making a useful contribution to the debate over the second amendment, contributing to bi-partisan efforts, and demonstrating the diversity of the new Democratic House majority. In this Golden is upholding the Maine tradition of independence and practicality — a very good thing for our republic.

Annlinn Kruger

Bar Harbor

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