This week's question is where you think a Congressional members loyalties lie.
I came across this article on Drudge:
Rep. Massa: I will vote against the interests of my district
Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) addressed an intimate group of Netroots activists during their annual Netroots Nation gathering in Pittsburgh this weekend. Mr. Massa reiterated his support for a single-payer health care bill. He discussed the risks he takes for wanting to support such a measure in his "right-wing Republican district."
According to Swing State Project, Mr. Massa won his 2008 race by 2 percentage points. The district's voting pattern index (PVI) is a Republican +5 seat. The National Republican Congressional Committee has the upstate New York congressman in their sights for 2010 along with 69 other House Democrats as reported by Politico. The transcript is below, and check out the corresponding video above.
Putting aside the fact that this man is a moron and forgetting your take on the current health care reform, what are you thoughts on where a Congressional members loyalties lie?
Should they vote exclusively for the interest of their district if they are a House member or state if they are a Senator? Or do they have a higher calling to stand for the public good, even if it is possibly detrimental for their district? What role does party affiliation play? Do we employ them to represent us or work for the betterment of all Americans?
What are your thoughts?