Herrera Beutler doesn’t read the comments
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, doesn’t want to “feed the beast.”
The beast to which she refers is social media. Herrera Beutler stopped by the Columbian office last week and in-between talk of taxes and tolling, she said she doesn’t spend much time checking her response on social media.
“I try to live not on my social media. I found I live longer if I don’t read Twitter,” she said. “Why read (comments)? They have nothing to do with policy. What helps us move the ball down the field?”
A quick survey of Tweets in response to Herrera Beutler’s vote on the tax plan found 96 out of 100 were against the plan or the Representative herself, for example.
BIGLY question… and I’m serious. Do you think she or anyone on her side reads her tweet responses? Do they read or care? Is there a committee that is in charge of this side of her business? It seems she goes against everything her people believe. #justcurious
— Kelley (@KelikayM) December 30, 2017
She does, however, take phone calls, emails and meetings with constituents seriously, Herrera Beutler said.
“I take very seriously any feedback that is directed at me in my office,” she said.
In October 2016, Herrera Beutler said, “I refuse to accept this is the best we can do,” and announced rather than vote for Donald Trump in the presidential race, she would write-in Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who was also running for the Republican nomination but lost to Trump.
It seems with time her views on Trump have changed.
“His record so far, in terms of policy, I have appreciated,” she said. “Last time for me he was untested and all I saw were character problems.”
Character still counts for something, Herrera Beutler said, but added that her district knew who Trump was and voted for him anyway.
“Why would anybody be surprised (about his character)?” she said. “I have a constitutional responsibility to my bosses here to respect their wishes.”
Does that mean Herrera Beutler would vote for Trump in the next election?
“I think so, but I don’t know,” she said.