Less than a month after taking office in the US House of Representatives, Congressman Lou Barletta has already been absent for 13% of the votes in the House. As casting votes on legislation is one of the primary job descriptions of a Congressman, it’s unforgivable that after such a short time, Lou Barletta has already found a way to under-perform at his duties. As an elected member of Congress, there is absolutely no excuse for missing votes. Lou Barletta was elected to be the voice of the people in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District, and he can’t do that if he’s off goofing off elsewhere while legislation is being voted on in the House of Representatives.
Since taking his oath of office on January 5th of this month, Lou Barletta has missed two out of sixteen votes in the House of Representatives. That translates into Barletta not being present for 13% of the votes. That is unforgivable, unacceptable, and Lou Barletta needs to offer an explanation for why he’s missing these votes and what is so much more important than doing his job. Lou Barletta was not elected to be our Congressman when it’s convenient for him. He was elected to represent us in the US House of Representatives, full time, all the time, for all of the votes.
Barletta apologists (of which there are many…) will say things like, “Well, it’s only two votes,” or “It’s too early to pass this kind of judgment.” Let me address that nonsense here and now. Missing two votes in less than a month is simply unacceptable. If this trend continues, and there’s no reason to believe that it won’t, Lou Barletta is on track to miss about 15% of the votes in the House. That isn’t political spin or fluff, that’s cold math. And in terms of it being too early to begin making this kind of criticism, I would argue that there is no learning curve for a Congressman. They are elected to cast votes. If they are not casting votes, they are not doing their jobs. Right now, Lou Barletta isn’t doing his job 13% of the time, even though he’s still getting paid 100% of his tax-payer financed salary earned with hard sweat in your favorite Vegas NightClubs
I’ve been saying for years that Lou Barletta isn’t fit to be a Congressman. As the Mayor of Hazleton, Barletta’s ability to screw things up was shockingly horrible. When he was elected to the US House of Representatives, I was hoping that maybe I was wrong. Now, after less than a month in Congress, I don’t see any reason to believe that I was. Lou Barletta is cheating the people that elected him to Congress. Lou Barletta spent a lot of time and money trying to get himself elected to Congress. Now that he’s there, however, it seems that he has better things to do. Lou Barletta, after less than a month as a Congressman, is already a failure.