4th Congressional District candidate Vicky Hartzler has been hoping Congressman Ike Skelton will join her in a public forum at which citizens and the media would be given an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. He has refused, offering several excuses, including a busy schedule. Sadly, that "busy schedule" is taking him out of Missouri this weekend to one of the most opulent settings in the country -- the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City -- where he'll be the guest of honor at a fundraising event featuring former President Bill Clinton.
"It's sad that Ike Skelton doesn't have enough time to get together with the good people of the 4th District but has time to travel to one of the ritziest locations in New York City to participate in a campaign fundraiser with a former president and his New York friends," said Hartzler. "We've been saying that after 34 years in Washington Mr. Skelton has changed. Abandoning west-central Missouri in favor of the glamor and lights of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York is proof positive of what we have been saying: "It's time. We deserve better!'"
Out of work 4th District Missourians who are having a tough time getting by should be aware that while they cope with the hardships brought on by the Skelton-Pelosi-Obama economic disaster their congressman will be enjoying the good life in the lap of luxury in the Waldorf-Astoria's Peacock Alley restaurant. The lunchtime menu at Peacock Alley lists a Waldorf Salad at $16, tomato soup at $15, ham & cheese panini for $21, grilled yellow tuna at $31, and for dessert ice cream is a bargain at $10!
While Congressman Skelton rubs shoulders with the rich and famous of society Saturday in the Big Apple, Vicky Hartzler will be walking in the University of Central Missouri's Homecoming Parade in Warrensburg, working hard, meeting the good people of the 4th District. The contrast could not be clearer.
Vicky and Lowell Hartzler live near Harrisonville in Cass County, where they operate a diversified crop and livestock family farming operation. They own Hartzler Equipment Company, a family business with three stores in the 4th District. A former classroom teacher, Hartzler served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1995-2001, winning with an average 66 percent of the vote in her three election victories. In 2004, she was spokesperson for Missouri's successful constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage.