Not so many years ago, the majority party in the House of Representatives took seriously its constitutional role as the chief instrument of governing the United States of America.
If the same party held both the presidency and the Senate majority, legislation passed, governing occurred.
Some regional cultural differences caused occasional logjams, but even these deep differences were circumvented by both parties in the interest of governing.
1st Congressional District Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Norm Mosher applauds the release last week of economic data that illustrates the prospects for continued growth of the U.S. economy. Mosher said “the economy is back on track, despite the obstructionist efforts of the Republican caucus on Capitol Hill.” “Thanks to the Administration and Democrats’ efforts, the economy continues to gain strength and is rebounding from the economic mess left by the Bush Administration,” he said.
It’s been over two decades since he retired from the Navy, but Captain Norm Mosher is ready to answer a new kind of call to public service.
“I’m running because I’m seeing how Congress is dysfunctional – it’s not working at all,” he declared to a crowd of supporters as he accepted his party’s nomination at its congressional convention in June. “Through my life I’ve gained experience, knowledge, and know-how on leading teams to meet overwhelming challenges. I’ve answered my country’s call for service before, and I’m answering it now.”
Only four voting precincts in Fauquier are part of Virginia's 1st Congressional District, so finding eligible voters to talk up at the county fair wasn't especially easy for Democratic candidate Norm Mosher.
But the former Irvington town councilman dutifully traversed the rows of vendors at the fairgrounds Sunday, seeking support for his run against Rep. Robert J. "Rob" Wittman, a Republican.
He chatted with Gary Combs of Opal next to the mechanical-bull tent.
There's a "wall of obstruction" in Washington nowadays that will come down only when House Republicans are toppled, Norm Mosher said Monday.
So that's what the Democrat wants to do in the 1st Congressional District: defeat the GOP incumbent.
Mosher, a former Irvington town councilman, is challenging Rep. Robert J. "Rob" Wittman in the district that includes part of Fauquier County.
The 78-year-old was nominated at a Democratic convention June 7 in Fredericksburg.
He's a retired Navy captain, former U.S. Senate committee staffer and consultant.