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Dismissed by Doolittle

This is not a hit piece but I want to offer a personal perspective on Congressman Doolittle’s actions as a Representative of the 4th District.

When hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and Mississippi last August, I was appalled at the complete lack of response from FEMA in those crucial first days. It became obvious to me that Michael Brown was the least qualified person to head this organization. When I learned his appointment was a result of cronyism and “old boy” politics, I sent Congressman Doolittle two e-mails urging him to get involved and help resolve the FEMA fiasco. I asked him to demand that individuals in key positions within federal organizations be people with demonstrated excellence in their field. The silence from Doolittle’s office was deafening. In October, two months later, I received a form letter from his office thanking me for my concerns and informing me of Doolittle’s support for disaster relief. There was no mention of him taking a lead role to probe the failure of FEMA or Mr. Brown’s lack of experience.

This “brush off” has caused me to wonder what other matters could have diverted Doolittle’s attention from the concerns of one constituent.



William Clark

Grass Valley


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