REP. GLENN GROTHMAN’S letter resembles those of his colleagues.
REP. GLENN GROTHMAN’S letter resembles those of his colleagues.

      You may not realize that Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, asked Phil Kiko to withhold his pay during the recent government shutdown.

     In a letter dated Sunday, Jan. 20, Ripon’s congressman wrote a brief letter to the chief administrative officer of the U.S. House of Representatives. It read:

     I have been informed that despite a lapse of appropriations and government shutdown, Members of Congress will continue receiving their salary.
Please withhold my pay until an appropriations agreement has taken effect.

     Grothman shared his selflessness with his constituents in a newsletter emailed last week Friday, sharing a photo of the letter with the blue pen he presumably used to sign it laying diagonally below the verbiage.

     He explained that because troops and other government employees “aren’t getting paid, Members of Congress shouldn’t receive pay.”

     Actually, they were getting paid. Their payment could have been deferred, but they were going to receive their full pay. Grothman was just requesting that his pay be deferred, too.

     That sounds like a magnanimous gesture on the congressman’s part and one that deserves the Sixth District’s accolades.

     Except the pay deferral request wasn’t exactly Grothman’s idea — and it was more choreographed, political theater than self-sacrifice. ...
     Grothman was one of many Republican congressmen who made the same request of Kiko, most of them using those exact same words.

     ... But this Republican caucus-orchestrated gimmick of sharing an offer made for no reason other than public relations is symbolic of the sort of patronizing puffery that so disappoints the American people with their lawmakers.  

     ... This doesn’t absolve Democrats, who share the swamp.

     But we encourage Grothman, a career politician, to please respect his 710,000 constituents enough to reject the publicity stunts masterminded by clever, cynical D.C. strategists.
                           — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, see the Feb. 1, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.