Reps. Gibbons and Carson
March 12, 1997
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A question from Robert Williams of Ft. Worth, TX:
Civility be Damned!
Personnally, I don't care if you folks go after each other with baseball bats. If you haven't learned how to say "please" and "thank you" by now, you obviously are going to have trouble working with lobbyists. I am certainly more concerned with abuses of our electoral system as it pertains to Congress and the White House than how nice you can play with one another. Whether it be an all out ban on fund raising, term limits, or whatever else, we need action on this issue now, not later. So what are you going to do about it?
Rep. Jim Gibbons responds:
When I served in the Nevada State Assembly, we prided ourselves in tackling the problems of our state in a bipartisan and productive manner. There has been a great deal of publicity about partisan politics. However, there is too much important work facing this Congress to allow itself to be hindered by such animosity. Less well publicized are efforts towards amity and bipartisanship being stressed by members of both parties. For example, there are quite a few bills reflecting bipartisan initiatives and sponsorship. Hopefully, cooperative efforts such as these will make this session of Congress a highly productive one.
Rep. Julia Carson responds:
I think it might be a little hasty to suggest that there are wide ranging abuses of the electoral system. The vast majority of our public servants are upstanding members of their given communities. We need to balance our zeal for the collective head-hunting of our public servants with a serious dialogue on ways to improve our democracy. However, the cure does not lie with a radical, immediate revision of our Constitution or our election laws which may hamper our democracy in the future.