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Could Nancy Jacobs Do A Better Job Of Taking Care Of Veterans Than ‘Dutch’ Ruppersberger?

Posted on | February 18, 2012 | 6 Comments

by Smitty

Charm City (a name bestowed in the 1970s on Baltimore like a Nobel Peace Prize on the current POTUS) has a correspondingly charismatic representative, “Dutch” Ruppersberger. On of the Things You Do as a Representative is be an advocate for your constituents to the cold, faceless government. Constituent has problem; constituent calls Congressman; Congressman gets to play knight in shining armor, fighting the federal hydra. Granted, lopping off a head for the constituent will surely grow a few more, but rejoice in the fact that at least somebody was wrecked a little less.

So it’s a bit odd that Rich Vail has hardly been given the time of day. It may be the case there there is little that can be done to support Vail’s cause. One supports the Constitution with the knowledge that, not infrequently, the little pointy-headed bureaucratic pogues will often cheerfully blame the victim, Vail, for any error, rather than do the right thing. I should say something positive and point out that the pogues who did my de-mobilization work in Norfolk really were quick, efficient, and genuinely concerned that the almighty DD-214 be done correctly.

Can Vail find a better advocate? By the power of a bit of Google, Nancy Jacobs looks to be running to replace Ol’ Dutch. Sometimes it’s easier to fire a bum than rehabilitate him.

Nancy Jacobs for Congress

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  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Mistakes do get made on DD214′s, and if this Marine’s Congressman ain’t helping him: scroom. New Congressman.

    The American Legion has advocates at VA facilities who may be able to help him; the VA does routinely F*** with people’s disability benefits.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    She may have a chance, and certainly would do a better job than the idiot in the seat now.

    Rich should try his Senators, though.  They typically also have constituent service staffers, and bureaucrats tend to return their calls.  Granted, Mikulski and Cardin aren’t winning any Mensa awards, but they have the instinct of self-preservation that might be of help.  Beats waiting until next January and hoping.

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  • http://twitter.com/ttownjotes Michael Swartz

    There’s actually five Republicans in the CD2 race, and three of them have a fighting chance: Jacobs (a State Senator), Rick Impallaria (a Delegate) and Larry Smith (a former staffer for Rep. Andy Harris, who’s our First District Congressman.) I’d say Jacobs is the favorite for the nomination with Smith the dark horse – by many accounts he’s working hard at it.

    But as badly as Maryland is gerrymandered, anyone who lives along the I-95 corridor is going to have to question which Congressional district they live in – heck, one rumor swirling around Annapolis last fall was that my county would have the line between the First and Fifth Districts running through it, and I live way over on the Eastern Shore. That’s when thoughts of the 10-0 Project danced in Democrats’ heads, before Steny set them straight and said no Eastern Shore Republicans for me!

    And if you ever saw our Third District you have found our candidate for the most blatant political hack job in the country.

  • Suzanne

    I work for Senator Nancy Jacobs Senate Office and she carries through in everyway possible for all constituents.  Not just saying that…it’s true!
    Suzanne Collins

  • Jim Lathroum

    I was 13 years in the Army Reserve and Maryland Army National Guard, 2 deployments (2 DD-214′s!). Senator Jacobs has always been a solid advocate for our military.