Here’s an oddity we noticed: For some reason, starting last Friday, we started getting a lot of traffic — and we do mean a lot — on a post that we put up last November.
The post, written in the wake of Morgan Griffith’s election in the 9th District, looked at how many other members of Congress live outside their district.
Turns out, Griffith isn’t alone.
But why should this post suddenly get traffic now?
We investigated — and discovered why.
There’s a political tiff going on in Florida between two members of Congress who represent neighbording districts — Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Republican Allen West.
It started off as a policy dispute, then quickly descended into something else.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, West send Wasserman Schultz an e-mail saying: “Look Debbie … you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up.”
In response, Wasserman Schultz pointed out that West happens to live in her district.
This news came as a surprise to folks in Florida, and the St. Petersburg Times investigated. In the course of its research, the paper came across our post — and linked to it from online, giving us a nice little surge of traffic from the Sunshine State.
In return, we’ll link back to them — and perhaps you can enjoy some of the mud-slinging going on down there.
Oh, and West’s response to the news that he lives outside the district he represents? “They redistrict every 10 years anyway and what are you supposed to do, move all the time?”
Speaking of redistricting, Griffith has assured voters that redistricting will put him — and Salem — into the 9th District. But the General Assembly has yet to approve a plan, so that hasn’t happened yet, and it’s very unclear when the legislature will get around to approving a plan.