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Don’t need Christie’s style

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Recent letter writers Melanie Horn of Lakewood and Barbara Klein of Woodstock confidently defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, accusing Democratic voting journalists of blowing the bridge lane closure out of proportion and letting President Obama off the hook for the IRS, NSA and Benghazi controversies and problems with the Affordable Care Act website.

Mesdames, you might want to expand your information sources. Even Congressman Darrell Issa, with his subpoena power, hasn’t been able to come up with anything associating the White House with the IRS scandal. NSA’s gathering of phone records is supported or derided by Republicans and Democrats. The Senate’s recently released report on Benghazi concludes that (in the heat of battle) very little could have been done. The lead contractor developing the Affordable Care Act website has not had its contract renewed.

There is a difference. Not one of the above Republican litany of “scandals” was purely political in nature. All generated controversy, and one was particularly tragic. But none were purposely premeditated for political reasons. The bridge lane closures appear to have been premeditated political vengeance.

I ran a business for more than 40 years. None of the people who worked for me would have dared to independently take any action unless they knew that I would approve. That was my style. And that’s true in spades in politics.

After more than four years in the national spotlight, there’s ample evidence of Christie’s confrontational, bullying, vengeful style.

We don’t need that in an elected official.

Don Metivier


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