The 8th Congressional District’s new congressman has never held elective office before. So Republican Reid Ribble says he feels a bit like Jimmy Stewart in the 1939 classic movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
“Matter of fact, when I won my election I got four copies of it as gifts,” he said
Ribble says it’s impossible not to be impressed by the surroundings of more than two centuries of making law.
“You stop and it does make you pause and say ‘Look at the giants of American history who have served here’, guys like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln,” Ribble said. “You look at how the American people view Congress today with an approval rating of less than 20 percent.”
Ribble says this freshmen class hopes to reclaim that image over the next two years.
Hopefully Congressman-elect Ribble and the other newcomers to the Washington D.C. scene remember why they were elected. If they remember that and understand “we the people” will be holding their feet to the fire that image will be reclaimed.
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