There's No Getting Around 'The Pick And Shovel Work.'
Last night’s dinner with a friend was made more somber with news of the passing of Representative Jackie Walorski. She died early yesterday afternoon in a car accident along with two young staffers. My friend lives in her congressional district.
He relayed to me a couple of anecdotes of how highly responsive she had been to constituents’ needs and concerns.
One time—at the start of COVID—some local college students were stuck in a far-a-way country unable to get a flight back home to the US. Walorski worked with the State Department to figure out a way to get them home and home they came.
What struck me was she (and her office) worked to be helpful to people regardless of their political leanings or affiliations. She did her job working on behalf of the people in her district. In our time of dispiriting political polarization, that’s impressive and refreshing. Pick and shovel work. That’s in the job description. Represent your district and do what you can to help.
I would appreciate it if some other congressional representatives would take note. Enough said.