What plays in Peoria? Rep. Cheri Bustos would know – Roll Call


There are some people on my side of the aisle who don’t want to do anything with any member who did not vote to certify the results of the election. And I understand that. I mean, I’m pretty good at compartmentalizing and knowing that if we’re going to be successful, you have to put some things aside, even though that vote was a terrible vote for democracy. But it’s changed things out here. That moment, on that day, changed things more than anything else.

Q: Did seeing what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 play a role in your decision to retire?

A: It did for my family. My husband is the sheriff of the county where we live — Rock Island County, Illinois. And he said to me shortly after that, “You know, things are not going to get better.” We have three sons. I was on the floor that day, and I think they were more worried than I was. For them, it was really the last straw.

Q: You represent part of Peoria. So I have to ask: What plays in Peoria these days?

A: Reasonableness. Results. People just want you to get things done and to do so ethically — I think that describes a district where Barack Obama wins and four years later, it swings to Donald Trump. And then four years after that, Donald Trump wins it by an even larger margin, but yet I win, a Democrat. So that’s what plays in Peoria.

via Roll Call

March 29, 2022 at 07:04AM

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