By MARIANNE HEFFERNAN
To the Editor:
When I was a newspaper reporter, I met a fierce defender of justice.
He was a relentless assistant U.S. Attorney who started his days earlier than anyone I knew, and ended them late. Any time I called with a question, he picked up the phone or promptly returned my call. This was no random practice. It was the style of David X. Sullivan.
Thirty years later, Sullivan is burning the midnight oil, crisscrossing the 5th District. He’s proving that he’s the best option in the race. Here’s why: Anyone can become a victim of violence. Sullivan has worked for justice for all; he stands for police accountability. We need his expertise to reform a broken system. A father of five, Sullivan together with his wife navigated the challenges of home schooling when covid-19 turned homes into classrooms last spring. He understands the struggle. We need his empathy.
Sullivan is a college and law school teacher. He’s educated scores of students who are shaping our communities. We need his inspiration. Even with the challenges of physical distancing, virtual debates and lockdowns, Sullivan has visited all 41 communities in the 5th District. We need representatives who connect with us. Jahana Hayes missed 37 of the 919 roll call votes (4%) since taking office (Source: GovTrack.us). The median is 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. Consider the records of two other first-term Democratic Congresswomen: Rep. Lori Trahan missed 3 of 919 votes (0.3%) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley missed 14 of 919 roll call votes (1.5%). Are we getting Hayes’ best?
Rep. Hayes has called herself a “collaborator.” Is it collaborative to walk out of a State of the Union address when your constituents have elected you to participate? Hayes’ choice to stand with argumentative Democratic leaders rather than tune in to the whole of her district is disappointing. Our representatives have a responsibility to find ways to work together.
We, the voters, should be their focus and their reason. Partisan politics and dramatics get us nowhere. Sullivan handles heat with class, wit, intelligence and fairness. He sticks to his convictions and stand by those he serves. Sullivan won’t back down from a fight, but he won’t abandon his constituents so he can make the cover of Rolling Stone, either. Real people care about real problems and finding ways to correct them. We want resolution, not conflict. Isn’t that the kind of representative you want fighting for you?
We need David X. Sullivan in Congress. Your vote will put him there.