After the behavior I witnessed at Oasis Coffee Shop in Tipton during a snowy Saturday town hall meeting, there is no question in my mind that state Rep. Bobby Kaufmann is unfit for public office.
When asked his first question (about tax cuts), after introducing himself and summarizing what his personal and professional life has been like since the midterm election, Kaufmann made clear he would not answer any political questions. He launched into some defensive rhetoric I couldn’t make sense of, and then finally came back around to answer the question.
Never once did any constituents raise their voice or make threatening statements, yet two times I witnessed Kaufmann instantly take a defensive stance, elevate the tone and volume of his voice, and speak to attendees like they were being disciplined.
I truly believe this could have been a productive, bipartisan meeting of the minds of Tipton, yet Kaufmann seemed to think it was an opportunity for him to pound his chest.
He needs to be reminded he is an elected official, representing those who voted for him and those who did not. Part of his job is listening to questions and answering them without demoralizing or dismissing his constituents. He can certainly count on me not voting for him in the future.