Dear Congresswoman Norton,
I was most disappointed to see that you did not show up for the candidates’ forum at the Islamic Heritage Museum on Thursday evening, November 1.
Your refusal to participate denied our fellow DC citizens the opportunity to experience a fair and balanced discussion and debate about the current problems and future promise of our District. That is not acceptable behavior from someone who wants to continue to represent us in Congress as you do.
So, as I promised in my earlier letter to you, I will soon begin my Norton Chicken-mobile campaign with my redecorated VW Bug. I drive about 30,000 miles/year in that car in Virginia, Maryland Delaware, South Jersey and the District of Columbia. I expect to have many opportunities to talk with folks I meet about your reluctance to meet the people and defend your record in office.
Your steadfast refusal to respect the folks whom you are paid to represent will in the end result in your electoral defeat. Of that I am sure. I will be doing my best to help this process along by letting your constituents know of your neglect of your duty to them.
As you have probably guessed by now, I am a most persistent man. I do not doubt that eventually I will be successful in getting you voted out of the office you have held for so long. Perhaps you have heard the expression, “Little strokes fell great
But I will not be happy about the methods I am forced to use to do so because I have so much respect for you and for what you have done over the years.
You have had a long, distinguished and honorable career as a front-line activist during the most dangerous days of the civil rights movement, as a first-rate civil rights and civil liberties lawyer who defended freedom of speech even for those with despicable ideas, and as a civil servant who fought hard and well against every kind of discrimination. I am sorry to have to expose and discredit such a fine person as yourself, but I am left with no other option.
I hope that you will recognize that the people of the District of Columbia would be better off without a representative who refuses to participate in the electoral process and resign from your office while you are at the top of your game.
I will continue and expand my campaign to get you voted out of your office until I am finally successful.
Very respectfully yours,
Natale “Lino” Stracuzzi