Congressman Reid Ribble says he wants to run government like a business. In running his office "like a business," his staff responds to constituents like public relations officers. They routinely say they "know nothing of the congressman's position, but will pass my concerns to him."
I called the congressman's Washington office three times in two weeks on the Violence Against Women Act. I have yet to hear his position. The Violence Against Women Act passed after considerable controversy and with bipartisan support. One-third of the Republicans supported the measure. I called Ribble's Washington office. Jeff who answered told me he did not know how the congressman had voted. He would be sure to have someone let me know. Each time I was assured I would be forwarded the congressman's position. I have yet to hear anything.
There may be strategic reasons for not saying how he is going to vote, but why hide from your constituent how he has voted? We constituents have a right to know their elected leader's position on issues important to us.