Could this be the act of leadership from Congressman Charles Dent that I have been looking for his entire career? According to reports and his office our GOP Congressman is urging his colleagues to go along with the Senate and fund the government through a truly clean continuing resolution.
As you know the government is set for a partial shut down at midnight tonight unless a bill makes it through both chambers and is signed by the President. The Democrats in the Senate will only pass and the President will only sign a free and clear straight forward spending bill. The House is being held hostage by it's extreme right wing and the Speaker is so weak and powerless that he is unable to lead.
So, into the vacuum steps my Congressman Charlie Dent. I have not always been kind to Mr. Dent but I do always acknowledge when he does the right thing.
Everyone always says what a great guy Mr. Dent is and how nice he is. I don't really care if he is nicer than what Pope Francis appears to be what I want and expect from our Congressman is leadership. Mr. Dent has always seemed to be happy being a back bencher and going along to get along. My theory is why enter politics unless you are ready, willing and able to lead. To this date the Congressman has shown little inclination in that direction. I may not always agree with where Mr. Dent is headed but I just want him to show some guts and stand up for what he thinks is right.
Last week Mr. Dent issued a statement claiming he was from the governing wing of the Republican Party and was opposed to shutting down the government, even as he went along with legislation that would have in the end done just that. But, I didn't comment about it because I was hoping he would be a man of his word.
I am pleased to see that Congressman Dent is just that; a man of his word and is working to ensure the federal government does not shut down.
Good on you; Congressman Dent