To the Editor:
Please allow me a moment to gush before I let the feeling pass. I am so proud of our congresswoman, Rep. Lauren Underwood!
I campaigned for Underwood and was impressed by what she told us she would do if elected, but now that she’s been elected and what she is doing is beyond what I really expected, given the performance of our former representative.
She is everywhere, doing so much for her constituents that it’s amazing.
I see her on my TV at congressional hearings and holding her own with the bigwigs by being well-spoken, respectful, but not taking any guff from anyone, and prepared for any question or comment.
I see her in my town (and so many others) holding real town-hall meetings where anyone can come and ask her anything. No screening of comments or questions. She just takes them as they come, for as long as they come, and answers everything honestly. And she’s not afraid to say when she doesn’t know something, but directs her staff to follow up with that person to get their answers.
I see her marching with our local Democrats in the Pumpkin Parade, being the hit of the parade and being genuinely glad to be there! Reaching out, touching people, shaking hands, returning hugs and posing for the constant selfie requests.
And I saw her when there were very few people around, as our parade entry inched its way to the parade start, when she noticed a man and his wife off to the side watching us go by. He was wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat and she approached him, shook his hand, shook his wife’s hand and they all leaned in to share a few words before they shook hands again and she returned to the group.
It was obvious that she showed them respect and they showed her respect. It really moved me. They are her constituents and nothing else mattered right then. She reached out to them, and they reached out to her.
It was truly a teachable moment. I hope I can follow her example.