Every once in a while Chip’s staff will spit out a form letter explaining to his constituents why he is ignoring everything they’ve told him and voting in ways diametrically opposed to the values of his district. A few common threads stand out in these letters:
- Chip really, really wants people to know he was a “former federal prosecutor”—even though the position he filled, Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas, is an unpaid, volunteer position designed for young lawyers seeking “professional credibility.”
- He calls anything he doesn’t like “a violation of the Constitution” or says it would somehow violate individuals’ “Constitutional rights.” He sometimes seems to be saying that it is unconstitutional for Congress to pass any laws at all.
- Though the letters always include the same line about being glad to hear from constituents, they also order the recipient not to reply. They’re supposed to go fill out a form on his website if they want to continue the conversation. This is a tactic intended to prevent follow-up, so the recipient can’t hold Chip accountable for his vagueness, double-standards, and digressions from the real issues they raised when they contacted him the first time.
Reply to constituent’s request that Chip support the voter protection bill H.R. 1
Here, Chip argues that the Constitution gives states have the right to disenfranchise voters:
Reply to constituent urging Chip to vote to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act
Here, “former federal proescutor” Chip weasels out of his pro-NRA vote by accusing a woman of “scoring points”—a pretty staggering charge from the man who shut down emergency aid to his own state just so he could net a couple of high-profile media interviews:
Summary of reply to constituent who suggested concrete actions Chip could take to solve the immigration crisis he constantly rails about
Here, Chip used one of his favorite moves: ignoring the specific, actionable information in the letter he received, to instead ride his favorite hobby horse of border security hysteria.