July 12, 2013

takano letter
Credit: Rep. Mark Takano

This may be my favorite response from a sitting congressperson to his colleagues on the other side of the aisle ever.

Before Rep. Mark Takano won his seat from the redistricting of incumbent (and prostitute-loving) Ken Calvert, he was a teacher and sat on the Board of Trustees of Riverside Community College.

Old habits die hard and when Takano saw a draft of a letter the GOP was circulating to gain signatures to oppose tackling immigration reform in a single, comprehensive bill, he decided to grade the effort on its persuasive quality:

Takano took out his red pen marked up the letter as if it was something from a student and posted it on his Twitter account. (You can see it above; click here for a larger version of the image.)

"Strong thesis" he writes next to the opening sentence that reads: "The nation's immigration system is broken and in need of serious reform."

It went downhill from there.

Takano uses that red pencil liberally, underlining several passages, scribbling "evidence??" next to them. He questions one sentence that alleges "vote-buying that occurred in the waning days before the Senate vote" on immigration, asking the writer, "Do you have evidence or are you just making an accusation?" He concludes by calling the letter a "weak draft" and includes three suggestions for a rewrite, including "address pathway (to citizenship) issue."

He gives the letter a big fat "F" and asks the writer to "see him after votes."


For the record, no California representative to date has co-signed the letter.

And if you want to reward Mark Takano for his brilliant reposte to GOP stupidity, you can donate to his campaign here.

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