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Letter to the Editor: Fair Maps and New Congressional Leader Needed

Important votes by our Congressman, Mike Gallagher, highlight how gerrymandered congressional districts are those in which the incumbent has no fear of losing re-election. Gerrymandering strips voters of their role in holding elected officials accountable. Instead of being accountable to the voters, Rep. Gallagher and others in safe, gerrymandered seats are accountable only to their party and their hunger to remain in power. The most recent example is Rep. Gallagher’s vote against expelling disgraced New York Republican Representative George Santos from the U.S. House of Representatives, even though the Republican-led House Ethics Committee concluded Mr. Santos had violated federal law and faces federal indictments for, among other things, fraud, theft, and conspiracy. In this case, Rep. Gallagher wasn’t simply toeing the party line, as 112 of his Republican colleagues did vote for Mr. Santos’ expulsion. This vote appears to be yet another example of Rep. Gallagher’s inclination to protect the corruption and possible criminal acts of fellow Republican politicians. He also voted against both of former President Trump’s impeachments, the first for trying to extort Ukraine into providing dirt, true or not, on Joe Biden prior to the 2020 election by withholding military aid for their war against Russia; and the second for trying to overturn the 2020 election and inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

It is time for Wisconsin to finally have fair congressional (and legislative) district maps and for the Eighth Congressional District to have a representative in Congress who listens to us, the voters.   

Mark Fermanich

Sister Bay, Wisconsin