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Opinion: 9th District deserves better than Clyde
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Andrew Clyde

The people of Georgia’s 9th District, and of the United States, frankly, deserve a lot better than to be represented by the seditionist, dissembling clown show that is the hallmark of our current representative, Andrew Clyde. In now infamous remarks last Wednesday in front of the House Oversight Committee, Clyde decried the term “insurrection” and called the riotous mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 a bunch of “normal tourists.” When this insulting and blatantly absurdist statement was immediately universally mocked and denounced, Clyde doubled down on his posturing, continuing on with an op-ed about it being time to “move past Jan. 6” in this past weekend’s Gainesville Times.

Well let’s just do a bit of investigating into Congressman Clyde’s reasons for wanting to move on, shall we? For starters, Clyde himself admits that his statements were so insulting that “a Capitol Police officer called my office and asked my staff if they wanted him to show me his body-cam footage.” This is what is known in the colloquial as a self-own, congressman, and really should have been a sign that you are, to put it mildly, completely wrong.

It’s worthwhile remembering something else that happened on Jan. 6, and that is that Clyde was one of the 147 congresspeople who voted to disenfranchise voters in two states because he (still?) doesn’t believe that his pick lost the presidential election. 

As the independent website GovTrack.us reports: “On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Clyde voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States. Legislators voting to disenfranchise these states were fooled by, or actively participated in, the same lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the insurrection at the Capitol.”

Another reason Clyde would love to move on from Jan. 6 is his horrendous voting record in Congress — and by this I don’t mean I don’t agree with how he voted, I mean he has failed to even bother to show up to vote. GovTrack reports currently that Clyde’s recent missed vote record is an astounding 32.6%. What seems to have preoccupied the representative’s mind so much that he hasn’t been able to show up to work nearly 1/3 of the time starting in April? Coincidentally that’s when the House Ethics Committee announced it upheld Clyde’s $15,000 in fines for avoiding the House metal detectors, and Clyde announced he would file suit in federal court. When were those metal detectors installed? After the Jan. 6 insurrection. No wonder he wants to move on.

 

Regardless of your political leanings, the 9th District deserves representation by someone who understands reality, supports democracy and the rule of law (and House laws!), and who actually shows up to do his job. Vote this clown show out.

Judy Kreps

Dahlonega

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