According to the U.S. Census, there were 36,756,656 people in the Golden State in July, 2008, 9,862,049 of whom (approximately 27%) live in Los Angeles County. So, when I called the office of my state’s junior Senator, Ma’am Barbara Boxer, I asked when she would be in the largest county in her jurisdiction.
They didn’t know.
The woman answering the phone did know that the Democrat had no town halls scheduled. Indeed, she had “no knowledge of her schedule,” indeed, didn’t “believe” that Mrs. Boxer has been (or has any plans to be) in LA during the current congressional recess.
Let’s see, big items are being discussed in Washington, including a massive overhaul of our health care system. The deficit spending Barack Obama decried as a candidate has accelerated now that he’s in the White House. Politicians from both parties, including that Democrat, are meeting with their constituents across the country. And Ma’am Barbara Boxer’s Los Angeles staff doesn’t know where she is.
The woman was very nice on the phone. Out of respect for her, I kept my cool. She’s not the problem. The woman she works for is. Her boss keeps her staffers in the dark just as she does to the people she was elected to represent.