Collin Peterson has become one of the "Washington Elite". As such we (the people of the 7th district) have become an embarrassment to him. This is apparent by the comments he makes to the Washington press versus what he says when he is here.
In the first quote He tells them a good portion of us are nuts.
From 7/27/09: "Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down," said Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents a conservative Republican district in Minnesota. "That's why I don't do town meetings."
In the second quote he apparently thinks we should all be Fat, Dumb, and Happy and vote for him.
More importantly, Peterson doesn't expect that his constituents -- other than those who have voted against him in the past -- feel the same anger stirring up races in much of the country. Unemployment is low in his heavily agricultural district, he said.
"If they didn't hear all this negative stuff from the national press, if they would've been isolated from everything the last three to four years, they wouldn't have even known anything was going on," he said. "Nothing's changed."
He calls himself a Conservative blue dog Democrat.
He voted for Cap and Trade. In my opinion a very bad bill.
He can say he voted against the Healthcare bill, but he says he will not vote to repeal it.
He voted with Nancy Polosi more than 92% of the time.
I am not nuts nor am I stupid. I will be voting for Lee Byberg on Election Day and I hope the other 75% of you will also.