Letter: Courage from Ayotte
I was amazed at former congressman Paul Hodes’s letter condemning Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s courageous vote against the earmark-laden Sandy relief bill (“Swallow your pride, Senator,” Monitor, Feb. 4).
Hodes’s president, Barack Obama, was quite firm in denouncing earmarks while campaigning. I hope some investigative reporter at the Monitor will do an article revealing Hodes’s history on earmarks during his time in Washington.
There is much good and much bad in the lawmaking process. Earmarks are definitely not good and easily controlled by lawmakers who are courageous enough to do the right thing.