Iowa’s incumbent 1st District Congressman Rod Blum does not want to answer for his record or, rather, his lack of a record on any issues of substance during his two terms in Congress.
As a member of the arch conservative House Freedom Caucus, Blum has been a rubber stamp for some of the worst impulses of the modern right wing in America.
Tax cuts that bankrupt the Treasury, but enrich the wealthiest Americans? Check.
Attempting to repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act without offering anything in the way of a replacement that would protect average Americans? Check.
Allowing corruption to run rampant through his own caucus with nary a word of protest? Check.
Providing no oversight or investigations into the corrupt and unethical Trump administration because a notionally Republican president is a good thing for their own agenda? Check.
Well, what do you expect from a member of Congress embroiled in his own ethical scandal who trots out the well-worn Trump line that any investigation into a Republican is a “witch hunt?”
Furthermore, Rod Blum will not answer to his own constituents about these and many more issues. In the past two weeks I have contacted his office on ten separate occasions regarding questions of revocation of U.S. citizens passports, general corruption in the Trump administration, breaches of security protocols at all levels of government, and unethical behavior on the part of the president without a single response beyond a form email acknowledging my contact.
It is time for Rod Blum to do something for the people of Iowa and walk away. I am sure that the money he secured for himself by cutting his own tax bill will provide enough succor on those cold winter nights in Dubuque.