God, Politics & Rock 'n' Roll: The courage to vote against your party
Excerpted from this post at God, Politics & Rock 'n' Roll
While out on the campaign trail, voters tell candidates that they want
to support people who "will vote their district, NOT their party."
This Radio Iowa story featuring Representative McKinley Bailey shows
the difficulty of staying true to that principle. Bailey is a
Democrat. Unions spend an eye-popping amount of money and utilize a
great deal of manpower and hours in the field in order to elect
Democrats. They expect that a Democratic majority will deliver a
union-backed agenda. Bailey is being pressured to vote for a
prevailing wage bill. He believes that a majority of his constituents
don't favor the current bill and he agrees with the reasons that they
stand in opposition.