In trying to find a simpler, more humane way to raise campaign funds in Washington, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Coweta County, may have stirred up a hornet’s nest.
It all started, the congressman said last night, with a fundraiser at a Keith Urban concert in Washington. Many of his supporters bought tickets and attended – but Westmoreland couldn’t. House votes kept him in the Capitol.
Westmoreland thought it rude of himself not to attend the party that he hosted.
The congressman usually invites lobbyists, representatives of political action committees and other walleted individuals to several such events each quarter. As does virtually every other member of Congress. “Half of them get up, don’t even finish eating, because they’re going to another one,” he said.
So Westmoreland penned an e-mail to donors this week that was picked up by the National Journal. Wrote the Georgia congressman:
I recognize that you have a life outside of politics – family, friends, and home. I am