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Published: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

On Monday afternoon, members of the Rockford Sons of Liberty – a local liberal response to the Rockford Tea Party – joined our friends from the area’s MoveOn.org leadership council and displaced employees from Freeport’s Sensata Tech plant No. 4 to petition for the “fiscal cliff” middle-class tax breaks outside Congressman Don Manzullo’s shuttered and abandoned office. 

Even though Manzullo has been very willing to cash his taxpayer-funded paychecks after he lost his primary election against Adam Kinzinger, he apparently didn’t think the money came with any further responsibilities to us, the congressional district’s taxpayers. 

It would appear that after taking our money, the congressman has since run out on us. A sign on his vacated office door directs constituents to contact our federal senators for any new business – which creates a helluva dilemma. 

Since the Senate has already affirmatively voted for the “fiscal cliff” middle-class tax breaks, and our senators can’t vote on Manzullo’s behalf in the House, his absence has greatly disturbed those of us seeking to persuade the soon-to-be Korean lobbyist to act on our behalf in the last few weeks of his 20-year-long career representing us in what might be his last vote on the House floor.

Representation seems to be something we little people can’t expect from the GOP primary’s losing candidate, even if he is still cashing the checks we sent him. He’s got all those Korean businessmen to take care of.

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