Dear John

Dear John,

It is no secret that I have taken a liking to you.  After all, I have written you several letters expressing my sentiments concerning the state of our nation and complimented you on the job you are doing as Speaker.  I don’t typically do that sort of thing.

However, this morning I read an article that focused on the resignation of one of your recently re-elected members, Congressman Chris Lee, from New York.  The article referenced your response not only to his poor judgement, but also your philosophy regarding the behavior of all elected officials.

Can I just state for the record again that I really like you?

You sent a message yesterday when you suggested that members of congress be held to the highest ethical standards. In fact, there have been reports in several capitol hill news outlets where you have been quoted as warning your colleagues about unseemly partying with female lobbyists, as well as stating for the record that, “I’ve had members in here where I thought they had crossed the line.”

I get that. I think all public servants could heed the warning from those words.

Have you ever been to Oklahoma?

From, a Senator’s wife in Oklahoma

Dear John

I’m really looking forward to hearing the SOTU address this evening.  It has always been a favorite of mine for many reasons, however, like most Americans, tonight I will be listening to the rhetoric.  It has really digressed over the last two decades reaching a level of embarrassment and certainly hindering our nation’s progress.

I know some Congressional members are sitting with their friends on the other side of the aisle to make a statement.  This is a nice gesture and we’ll see how it goes.   Next year, I would recommend you establish a seating chart by state delegation in your chamber.  Might be a fun little experiment to have all the members from Alabama sitting next to the members from Alaska sitting next to those from Arkansas and so on and so forth.  Just a thought from your friend, the Senator’s wife in Oklahoma.

Hope you are tanned, rested and ready!  It looks like you’re in for a bumpy ride.