In a speech to the voters of Bristol on November 3, 1774, England, Edmund Burke said:
“Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”
In the centuries since then a more delicate balance has evolved between the desires of the electorate and the desires of an elected representative. Modern officials know they had best keep close tabs on the needs and wants of their constituency if they expect to keep their office.
It is this evolution that in part perplexes me about Delegate Dave Albo.
I was previously perplexed because despite all that has happened in the last two years Delegate Albo thinks blogs have little impact on undecided voters. I went on to to suggest Delegate Albo might find that his opinions about the impact of bloggers may be correct without being accurate. A WaPo column yesterday leaves me wondering if Mr. Albo is clueless about the balance between the elected and the electors, or if he is simply blindingly candid in what he says, or was he misquoted.
Well, he has done done it to me again…
Yesterday’s WaPo Marc Fisher addressed the subject of the Virginia GOP and the use of means other than road spending to combat transportation matters. He wrote:
Del. Dave Albo, a Republican from Fairfax County, is startled to find himself proposing things he once opposed: “Fifteen years ago, it was the Republicans who were pro-development, and the Democrats were the land-use guys. But there comes a point where I don’t care how big a supporter a group like the home builders is. At a certain point, you have to listen to the voters. The home builders just expect too much of us.”
I added the emphasis.
At a certain point, you have to listen to the voters because the special interests I am beholden to have asked too much? Did he really mean that?
There must have been something left out…because this comment suggests that Mr. Albo’s primary concern is not for the people who vote for him, but for certain interests that lobby him.
This comment starts me down the road to the old misfeasance/malfeasance conundrum, but I will save that for another post. In the meantime, I think it would be a great idea for Delegate Albo to hire a communications director and save him from himself.