Editor’s corner: Thompson’s stance mirrors constituents
There appears to be no in between for U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson.
In the last week, our newspaper have heard from readers who are proud he stood his ground during the certification of the November election. Other are just plain upset.
While announcing his opposition, Thompson made some points that must not be forgotten in the future when it comes to the election process. “While systemic voter fraud was not something proven we witnessed a systemic failure in the application of Pennsylvania’s voting law when it comes to the 2020 General Election,” he said. “In late 2019, the Commonwealth revisited and modernized its election law with the bipartisan Act 77. Granted in late 2019 the Commonwealth legislature did not have the foresight to anticipate how COVID-19 would present challenges to voting.”
Unsurprisingly, current President Joe Biden had full support in the big cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Throughout the large swath of rural Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump was the choice by a landslide.
That does not sit well with Thompson or those he represents in Warren County when seeing how the tables turned regarding the results only days after the election. It was apparent Pennsylvania was too close to call on Election Day. But once the mail-in ballot counting began, a momentous swing to Biden was evident.
Many, who back our current leader, consider Thompson’s remarks a disgrace. They are allowed that opinion.
But in the United States, we are supposed to embrace other viewpoints — or at least consider them. “Only with equal application of the law will the voters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have certainty in their election processes,” Thompson said during the early morning hours of Jan. 7. “Now I remain committed to ensuring the voters received an electoral system they deserve and where equal application of the law is guaranteed. If our election integrity is compromised we have failed the very voters who sent us here to defend the Constitution.”
He went so far as to seek an investigation of how this all played out. If that is the case, he must keep this issue on the front burner — and not wait until our next election to protest.
As for those unhappy with Thompson’s talk, they have an option as well. Next time he’s up for election, vote for the challenger.
John D’Agostino is the regional editor of the Times Observer, The Post-Journal and OBSERVER in Dunkirk. Send comments to email@example.com or call (716) 487-1111, ext. 253.