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Oh, that Rob Wittman is slick! On April 20, he convened a public meeting at the Warsaw campus of Rappahannock Community College to publicize how hard he is working to bring broadband Internet service to the Northern Neck.
He has held similar broadband publicity meetings in previous election years.
However, on June 16, 2009, Rob Wittman voted against HR 2346, the supplemental appropriations bill that provided funds to extend broadband to rural American counties.
Despite Rep. Wittman's opposition, the bill passed, but the Northern Neck did not receive any aid from it because federal agencies do not generally apportion aid to a district whose congressman voted against it.
But Rep. Wittman is slick enough to give everyone the impression that he's working hard to bring broadband to his constituents.
This is "Slick" Wittman's pattern of service to the people of Virginia's 1st Congressional District: Put on a show of concern for your problems, and explain how much he already knows about them and how hard he's searching for solutions.
But when it comes to congressional action to actually solve those problems, he votes "no." Here are three examples:
Although he has expressed concern for the unemployed, Rep. Wittman has voted against every extension of unemployment compensation.
Although he claims to support equal employment opportunity, Rep. Wittman voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
Although nearly every nonpartisan professional economist (according to The Wall Street Journal) says that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was responsible for at least
This year, the voters should look past "Slick" Wittman's deceptive charm and consider Adam Cook for Congress.