Bless his dark little heart. AL-05 Rep. Mo Brooks appears to be as lacking in courtesy as he is in courage. His official office response to a town hall invitation from Tom Ryan, Madison County Democratic Party chair, is a study in bad grammar, bad manners, and worse constituent service – maybe even a violation of Congressional Ethics regulations.
Since Rep. Brooks regularly hangs out at Tea Party meetings, Ryan reasoned that Brooks might also drop by a public Q&A event that could be scheduled at the Congressman’s convenience. Other people would do the heavy lifting of reserving the venue, organizing, and publicizing. Easy, peasy right?
Here is the original request (PDF) for a public meeting that was sent to Brook’s office on 2/17.
Ha, ha, ha! was the response from his district director Tiffany Noel – who must surely be an absolute joy to work with, if this response is any indication. Seriously… this federal employee has either gone rogue or is empowered by Rep. Brooks to communicate in this matter with residents of Brooks’ district. Here’s the message (PDF), complete with header information that shows it did originate from Brooks’ office.
Thank you for your invitation. Congressman Brooks respectfully declines because your request appears to be, on its face, a partisan effort to use a federal Congressional office to try to make the Democrat Party relevant again in Madison County, the Tennessee Valley, and the State of Alabama.
If, on the other hand, you wish to visit the Congressman’s office to discuss public policy issues, Congressman Brooks will concur with that request, subject only to our ability to reach a mutually agreeable time. Our conference room can comfortably hold six to eight guests, plus Congressional staff.
As an aside, if you are aware of any occasions during the 30+ years that Democrat Congressmen Cramer and Flippo met with a Republican executive committee, please share that with us.
Office of Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5)
2101 West Clinton Avenue, Suite 302
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 551-0190 (office)
(256) 551-0194 (fax)
Looks like no Democrats will be having “breakfast at Tiffany’s” office any time soon…. But you can certainly call or email (Tiffany.Noel@mail.house.gov) her to ask for an invite.
Seriously campers: this message was sent from a US GOVERNMENT email address. It’s partisan; it’s mocking; and it’s misspelled.
Republicans appear to have the same problems with basic grammar as they do with math. This is a simple concept: “Democrat” is a noun. “Democratic” is an adjective. Even your average 5th grader understands the difference. Mo, can you not hire staffers who are smarter than 5th graders?
But syntax aside, what’s with the final paragraph?
Frankly, we in the 5th district would absolutely love for Rep. Brooks to model his behavior on that of former Congressmen Cramer and Flippo. So let’s ask this of Ms. Noel:
“Can you show any instances where the Republican Executive Committees invited either Congressman Cramer or Flippo to speak and either man turned them down?”
Please share that with us. We’ll wait. About as long, apparently, as we wait for your boss to stop being afraid to face the people he works for.
NOTE: the event will take place with or without Brooks, so mark your calendars for Saturday, April 8 at the Huntsville/Madison County Public Library, Main Branch. 2-4pm.
Something else to check out….
The OCE has jurisdiction to investigate any alleged violation of a “law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct” committed by a “Member, officer, or employee of the House” on or after March 11, 2008. Information about alleged violations comes to the Board from a range of sources, including the public.
Emails sent by a congressional office must likewise comply with the Franking Regulations.
The Franking Regulations are issued by the House Franking Commission, and they govern use of the frank under 39 U.S.C. § 3210 and related statutes.13 Statutory law provides that it is Congress’ intent that the frank not be used for, among other things, mail matter which specifically solicits political support for the sender or any other person or any political party, or a vote or financial assistance for any candidate for any political office. [39 U.S.C. § 3210(a)(5)(C).]
The Franking Regulations elaborate on this provision by prohibiting, among other things, “specific references to past or future campaigns or elections, including election or re-election announcements and schedules of campaign related events,” the use of materials “used in campaign literature as well as specific campaign pledges or promises,” and “excessive use of party labels.”