THE MEGAN REZABEK DIARIES: A THREAD
in MO-03 a candidate named Megan Rezabek won the Democratic Primary on August 4 with 66.9% of the vote. no one knows who she is, where she came from, or how she won. THIS is that story. 9:42 PM · Aug 7, 2020
State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 04, 2020 Unofficial Results
as of 8/7/2020 10:14:39 PM
U.S. Representative – District 3 316 of 316 Precincts Reported
Brandon Wilkinson Republican 15,894 14.761%
Adela Wisdom Republican 3,483 3.235%
Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 80,585 74.843%
Jeffrey Nowak Republican 3,517 3.266%
Lynette Trares Republican 4,193 3.894%
Party Total: 107,672
Megan Rezabek Democratic 27,809 66.852%
Dennis Oglesby Democratic 13,789 33.148%
Party Total: 41,598
Leonard J Steinman II Libertarian 626 100.000%
Party Total: 626
It’s estimated that at least 1 democrat nominee in Missouri wasted the voters time and money over the last 10 months playing a ghost and now is trying to pretend like she is qualified to run for office or knows the first thing about legislation. Which candidate was that? What is your thoughts on that disrespect and the slap in the face to all the citizens that have donated money to a person that they actually had faith in? What do you think about republicans pulling a democrat ballot in a primary to vote for the least viable candidate against an incumbent.
I want to hear from you. Half of the constituents in my house district want to hear from you. You’re the candidate, but where have you been? Please reach out today. My messages are open.
Ok so let’s get this straight. You have been silent the entire time. And This is is the first item you are going to address as a candidate to go after Blaine Luetkemeyer ? This is important. But this is your issue? No one knows anything about you!!! You only won because you were lucky enough to have the top spot on the ballot. You’re going to have to do more than this to win in November and actually campaign unless you were just a plant after all and you have no intention of even trying to beat Blaine in November and represent the Democratic party.
I will not vote for you. Withdraw so we can have a real candidate not some ghost.
At what point are you going to step up and campaign? You have done absolutely nothing.
These posts are apropos of nothing and don’t demonstrate a legitimate candidacy. You need to start actively campaigning now or else drop out.
Apparently, your campaign is so small, it’s virtually non-existent. Who are you? Why didn’t you make any effort to campaign in the district? What is your stance on issues? Why should we support you?
Blaine Luetkemeyer @RepBlaine
Today I sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff demanding the release of all transcripts from their secret impeachment depositions. Despite promising increased transparency, this investigation continues to happen behind closed doors and completely on Democrats’ terms.
[….] 3:36 PM · Nov 7, 2019
There was much hilarity in the responses:
Where have you been?
Many of the transcripts have been released already!!!!
Reading is hard…
Republicans on these committees have access to it all. Whether or not they choose to exercise that right is their call. Maybe you should pen a letter to those who chose to not attend the depositions.
Hmm, did no one tell you about all the transcripts they released this week? You know, the ones your GOP colleagues participated in? I know, a bunch of them blew the depositions off so they could have talking points but we both know BS when we see it, right?
[….]I’ve only seen this identical tweet by like 12 other Republicans. Working yet?
Absolutely, let’s get all the information about Trump’s wrongdoing out in public.
We see what you did there.
They weren’t secret, the GOP members of the intelligence committee were allow into the depositions, which were held in accordance to the congressional rules republicans concocted and passed. Next week everything will be televised and you’ll complain about something else.
So you mean just like every investigation under GOP control except those turned up absolutely nothing of consequence while this one just keeps rolling out result after result after result? Also, transcripts ARE being released, but GOP folks say they won’t read ’em… Which is it?
That’s gaslighting for you.
How secret are they, Blaine? Meadows was tweeting earlier about the deposition he was present for.
Instead of tweeting about the fancy letters you’ve been writing, just ask Mark.
The WH must have threatened to primary you. Perhaps you should share the number of Republican House members involved in these “secret” investigations. Plus, this tweet seems a bit outdated. Transcripts being made public & open hearings beginning soon.
Wow you wrote a letter? Amazing stuff! Should we tune in tomorrow to see you mail the letter!?! I can’t wait the suspense is killing me!
Actually, the next step is a harshly worded memo.
Does it take effort to be this craven and disingenuous and is this a skill you’ve honed over time? Or does it come naturally?
Every time y’all demand stuff, they release it, and then y’all say the incriminating evidence doesn’t matter. Go gaslight your wife and leave us alone.
They’ve released transcripts everyday this week and public hearings are starting next week. So what exactly was the point of your letter?
Ready for the public hearings? I am!
They’re being released but you’re too busy grandstanding to notice.
You are a dollar short and a day late. Maybe you don’t have a television or access to the internet, so I’ll tell you, they been releasing them! You guys are tragic with your ineptness and inability to find a way to defend the indefensible! Find a new lie to cover the old ones.
They are being released. You know this, yet tweet nonsense anyway. You are a sorry excuse for an elected official.
Who in their right mind voted for you?
Seems like you don’t stay up to date with developments.
BTW: Are you bothering to read the transcripts as they are released?
Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…
Yesterday’s Kansas City Women’s March was centered at Unity Temple on the Plaza. After the 2:00 p.m. march through the Plaza and back participants gathered for a 3:00 p.m. inside rally, this due to the extreme cold.
Reprentative Sharice Davids (D) spoke at the rally:
Representative Sharice Davids (D) – January 19, 2019.
Representative Sharice Davids (D): …Thank you all for being here today, um, and for, well, actually it’s so much, it’s so much nicer now than any of us anticipated I think, so. Um, I’m grateful for that. Ah, so happy to be here today with all of you. Uh, this will be the third, um, march, rally, uh, that I participated in, the first time I was in Washington, D.C. and I marched with the native women rights group. And then last year, without realizing it, um, I didn’t know that I was going to be running for Congress in that moment but I got to stand on stage with Laura Kelly who is now Kansas’ governor. And now this year I get to be here with all of you.
I’m so excited about the progress that we’ve seen since twenty-sixteen although I now we have a lot more work to do. Um, certainly my victory and Laura Kelly’s victory, which was all of our victories, um, meant a lot in Kansas this last year. But, we all also recognize that twenty-nineteen is gonna be a lot of work. Twenty-twenty is gonna be a lot of work. But we’re here for it. I know we are.
I can’t express, because I’m not as amazing as the poets that stood up here before me today, the honor and privilege that I feel standing in front of you as the Congressional representative for the Third District in Kansas. But I can tell you that the reason that I ran was because I had a lot of faith in the people in Kansas in the Third District and my community. And, this year, Kansas showed up. This year women showed up. LGBT folks, people of color, people of different socio-economic statuses, people with different educational backgrounds, all showed up. And it made a huge difference. And I’m here for that, too.
I knew that we were ready for something different, something that all of us know that our communities stand for. We all want public education, regardless [inaudible]. That we want public education regardless of what zip code you live in, that you should have high quality education. It doesn’t matter who your parents are, it doesn’t matter what your background is, that you are just as deserving of a quality public education as anyone else.
That’s the same for health care. We showed up this year because we know that in the most wealthy country in the world, I heard it from a couple of other speakers, no one should go broke paying for health care. No one should put their family’s ability to have their livelihoods at risk because of something that they can’t control. We all have to worry about our health care. And no one should go broke because of that.
We showed up because we know that those are our values. We know that people, regardless of your background or your socio-economic status, that you, you’re voice should be heard in thi political process.
I ran because I know, I represent a voice that, until Deb Halland and I got elected this year, had never been heard in Congress before. But that didn’t happen because of me, it happened because of all of you. It happened because the people in Kansas showed up. It happened because people on the Missouri side showed up. I know that’s true. It happened because so many of us put our blood, sweat and tears in to this last election cycle in a way that so many of us had not done before.
And a whole bunch of people had. A whole bunch of people have been doing all of this work for so long. And their voices were not being listened to. So many people have been fighting for women’s rights, for LGBT rights, for the rights of Black women, Black men, and Black trans people. And those voices were not being listened to.
But we have started a path of change. This year that’s changing. But the work’s not done. We can clap even though the work’s not done.
We’re at the beginning of a new year that’s gonna be really hard. It already is. I did not anticipate getting sworn in to a closed, partially closed federal government and going to sleep at night knowing that part of the responsibility that I hold is that the decisions I make impact a whole bunch of people that I will never see, a whole bunch of people who are doing work right now and not getting paid for it. Which should never happen, anywhere, and it shouldn’t be [inaudible]. People who are trying to keep us safe.
And I know that a lot of you, probably there are people in this room who are experiencing that right now, that a lot of you care about, not just our federal Civil Service workers and the contractors help keeping, who help keep the federal government going, but also all the people who depend on those federal programs. People who make use of HUD for housing, who make use of SNAP and WIC, so our children and our families in our communities can be fed. All of these things are so important. And it is so heavy going to and from my office and meeting with federal employees and people who are affected by these programs. But I signed up for that.
I intentionally put myself into this process because it matters that we now have more people in Congress who actually know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. [inaudible] To have people who are making decisions that this is not a thought experiment for. It’s not a thought experiment for me to be thinking about what it’s like to not have health care. Starting February 1st, when I have healthcare for the first time in over a year.
When so many people in this country know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck and we have people in the Senate and in the White House who will never understand the pain and that feeling in your chest when you don’t know if you’re gonna to be able to make rent or pay your phone bill or pay for child care or gas to get to work. All of these things that affect all of us are not affecting the people who are sitting in the halls of Congress right now. Until this year, when we have seen so many new people. I’m happy to be part of that class.
So, I’m one of four hundred thirty-five in the House of Representatives right now. But it’s one voice that represents seven hundred thousand people. And each one of us in the House of Representatives has that responsibility. In the Senate there are a hundred of them. And I hope that they will think about the effects of not even voting on the bills that we’re passing because that is unacceptable.
I decided a long time ago that, even though it was not until nineteen twenty-four that Native Americans were recognized as citizens in this country, that, this is a copy of the Constitution. And in this little book is a copy of the Declaration of Independence. And that this is just as much my document a all of yours and the people who signed it. And since I decided that I’ve been keeping a copy of the Constitution with me, all, for like ten years. And, someone bought me this fancy one because I just got in to Congress.
So, the reason that I brought this with me is because I want to encourage everyone to remember that our government has power because the people allow the government to have power.
My favorite line in the Declaration of Independence has to do with the fact that our government derives its just power from the consent of the governed. And that’s all of us.
But recently, one of my more favorite pieces of it is the conclusion. At the end of the Declaration of Independence there’s a pledge. We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
During the campaign cycle I told a large group of people that I wanted Democracy as bad as I wanted to breathe. And right now I’m making this pledge to all of you. That my life and fortune and honor is tied up with yours. And I pledge that that will always be the case. And if you see actions out of me and that’s not the case, then you should vote for someone else.
Because I need you to help me keep on the right path to keep representing all of you as best I can.
Please stay active. I know you will. Encourage your friends and family to stay active. Because we are making progress. We’re for sure making progress or I wouldn’t be standing here with all of you. And I hope you’ll continue and join me, continuing to support each other. I’m gonna keep supporting as many of you a I can so that we can raise each other up. Because that’s what we’ve been doing these last couple of years. And it’s working. It’s gonna be a long haul, but it’s working. So keep doing it.
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, in conjunction with Donald Trump’s (r) border wall speech, last night via Twitter:
Blaine Luetkemeyer @RepBlaine
President Trump’s mission to thwart illegal immigration, gang violence, crime, drugs & human trafficking is in the best interest of all Americans. I support @POTUS mission to secure our border & keep our citizens safe.
We all know his wall (which he wants us to now pay for) is not the answer. Most drugs that come thru our southern border come thru ports of entry. Less crime is committed by immigrants. If you were that concerned about our safety you would pass common sense gun laws. Next!
Don’t you have banker meeting to ignore your constituents at?
We do not want the stupid wall which he said Mexico was paying for anyway!!! No wall. No shutdown. Open the government NOW. You are complicit. #TrumpShutdown
I support opening the government and border security. Let me know when the pesos arrive for the fence
You represent my state, it’s a waste of money! Read the statistics! Open the government and stop putting federal workers in the middle of your childish games!
Here comes Blaine with the copy and paste tweet straight from the @GOP handout.
Unfollow, even though you are my supposed representative.
Such an empty, copy and pasted response, Blaine. I expected something deeper, really driving home your xenophobic point. Then I realized that this isn’t about easing regulations on financial institutions, and I understood why.
Making a choice was prompted by an exchange on social media.
I really do care. Do U?
Michael Bersin @MBersin
Replying to @cathysherwin
@KurtEricksonPD My favorite image of the year – June 22, 2018 – immigration protest in front of Rep. Kevin Yoder’s (r) district office in Overland Park, Kansas. #change #YearInReview
[….] 12:03 PM – 29 Dec 2018
F 4.5, 1/400, ISO 200, 180 mm – June was a busy month for public protest.
I had read online that there would be an immigration demonstration in front of Representative Kevin Yoder’s (r) district office in downtown Overland Park on the 22nd starting at 4:00 p.m. I arrived early, parked on the street at a nearby park, and walked to the district office. I had expected a handful of protesters. By the time the demonstration was at its peak there were over five hundred people picketing on the sidewalk. There were a few counter protesters, not more than a handful.
Usually protesters face the street with their signs. Early on I noted this individual with her back to the street. I took a series of images.
It was over four months to the general election, this was Johnson County, Kansas, and over five hundred people showed up. That’s when I realized Kevin Yoder’s (r) 2018 reelection campaign was in trouble.
Sharice Davids (D) is now the Representative-elect for the Third Congressional District of Kansas.
Yesterday afternoon in Overland Park, Kansas, over five hundred people showed up for immigration protest in front or Representative Kevin Yoder’s (r) downtown district office.
The demonstration, scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. started as people gathered in the half hour before the start and continued beyond 5:30 p.m. Passing traffic, for the most part, expressed support with the sound of honking horns. A small handful openly expressed their support for placing children in concentration camps.
At one point, for a relatively short time, two counter protestors with signs expressing anti-immigrant sentiments positioned themselves near the end of the line of protestors.
Earlier in the protest an individual across the street who was recording with her cell phone taunted the protestors, shouting that she dealt in “facts” while the protestors were influenced by emotion. Those across the street protesting who heard her just laughed and then ignored her.
“No body is illegal”
“God loves all his children”
“No kids in prison camps”
Kansas City media.
Doing the right thing.
Throughout the demonstration one individual sat in the small courtyard area in front of Representative Yoder’s (r) office quietly holding his sign:
“Yoder is complicit in Facism”
“Prison is not Summer camp”
There were a number of variations of commentary about Melania Trump’s (r) attempt at social activism:
“Proud son of an immigrant”
We are all God’s children”
There are more of us than there are of them. #Resist.
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (r) spoke Thursday morning at a republican press conference in the Farm Bureau building on the grounds of the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia shortly after the Governor’s Ham Breakfast. He was joined at the press conference taking issue with proposed EPA rules on water by Senator Roy Blunt (r) and Representative Vicky Hartzler (r). They also criticized regulation in general.
a science dealing with the properties, distribution, and circulation of water on and below the earth’s surface and in the atmosphere
– hy•dro•log•ic or hy•dro•log•i•cal adjective
“…the way this rule reads as soon as one drop of water falls out of the sky EPA is on it. And that is a scary thought. Stop and think about that. As soon as one drop of water falls from the sky. It’s hydrologically connected to all the rest. Now the can technically get to it…”
Uh, why is that scary, is it because pollutants and contamination are stopped at an imaginary right wingnut miniature environmental border fence?
“…got a number of amendments in there to try and rein in the [Army] Corp [of Engineers] as well as empower the Corps to do a better job at what they’re doing…”
Apparently to right wingnuts those two actions are synonymous.
“…Uh, but EPA is not our friend, generally…”
Tell that to the people of Toledo, Ohio. Or South Tucson, Arizona. Or Times Beach, Missouri.
“…If we don’t push back they’ll push us…”
That, friends, is the right wingnut view of what America should be. In a nutshell.
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer: ….I, too, want to extend my congratulations to all of you for all the hard work that you did in trying to support and get, uh, Amendment 1 [“right to farm”] across the finish line. Now, before I got up here a while ago somebody said keep my remarks crisp. So, that’s a new word, I hadn’t heard that before, it’s like, sure, I can be crisp. So we’ll keep, so we’ll keep it crisp here. But, uh, I did, I did want to congratulate you. I know it was a tough, tough, uh, uh, issue. There was a lot of concern about it. Uh, my office got a lot of calls on it, in fact, the last few weeks. And I tell people the best thing that happens is people call. They were concerned enough because of confusion out there that they took the time to call. And we could explain to them that this was an important issue because while it, it doesn’t necessarily do everything in the end to stop this, it puts a hurdle in the way. It put one more barrier for HSUS [The Humane Society] to come in and negatively impact our way of life, our agricultural industry as a whole, and or food supply in general. And so I think, uh, it was a great, great, uh, victory the other night. Uh, and we’re gonna continue to work with you and support you whatever, if they do a recount on it. So, let us know how we can help. Uh, but, again, thank you for all you do for agriculture.
With regards to the, uh, Waters of the U.S. proposed rule the other day we in the Small Business Committee which Sam Graves is the chairman of, and I’m vice chair of, he called a hearing. We had the number two person from EPA at the hearing. And boy did that gut get an earful. I mean, we have people from all over the country who, who are on our, on our committee that Democrats and Republicans both went after this guy, saying this was the most ridiculous thing you could imagine. And there’s, there’s a word in the law really is, is the sleeper in this whole thing. And it’s hydrological. All the water that’s hydrologically connected, so, in other words, every piece of, of, molecule of water that is connected to another one they can tech, technically regulate that. And so it was interesting because the EPA director was sitting, or number two person sitting there said, ah, no, we’re not gonna do anything about this. This is all about, you know, the waters that we can navigate. And the ones that we can oversee and blah, blah, blah. You know, it was interesting, because the real people in the real world who are on the panel who also testified said, you know what, the way this rule reads as soon as one drop of water falls out of the sky EPA is on it. And that is a scary thought. Stop and think about that. As soon as one drop of water falls from the sky. It’s hydrologically connected to all the rest. Now the can technically get to it. So, I think the, uh, you know, we fought this issue a couple years ago and beat it back. We have to stay united and work together, all of the different groups, all the industries, ag should take the lead, but there’s a lot of other issues out there that we’re working with as well that we have a direct in this and we need to work those as well.
Um, when it comes to, uh, other water issues there are things that are, I am directly im, im, impactful on and really like to work on from from the standpoint of the Missouri River and Mississippi River issues. Uh, we had, uh, a bill recently, a water bill that went through, got a number of amendments in there to try and rein in the [Army] Corp [of Engineers] as well as empower the Corps to do a better job at what they’re doing along the Mississippi and Missouri River. We stopped some unnecessary duplicative studies that are wasting money, also helping to empower EPA to do more regulation, and so we were able to cut some of that out. Uh, but EPA is not our friend, generally. And as a result we have to be very careful to whenever they say they’re here to help us ’cause quite frankly they’re, generally they’re not. But, uh, all you know that.
Continue working with us. We’re excited about the opportunity to represent you in Washington and fight these battles. Together we can win, together we can push back. And I always tell people, I say, you know, when you don’t agree with what’s going on you gotta get to us, get us information, and we gotta push back. If we don’t push back they’ll push us. We have to stay united, you have to push back, don’t give in, don’t give up, and we’ll win.
Thank you very much.
“…Corporations are people, my friend….human beings, my friend…” Someone else said that somewhere a while back.