“Congress does not need to be —indeed should not be— a contest to see who can shout the loudest or who can throw the most accusations at the other party. We should rationally attempt to address, discuss, and solve problems on behalf of the citizens we represent.”
Secretary Ray LaHood stated this in 1998, and today his exhorting bipartisanship is more relevant than ever given the state of American politics. Given his efforts to reach across the aisles, it is not surprising that Secretary LaHood (the only elected Republican) was selected for President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
Democrat Representative John Dingell has stated that:
“Ray LaHood tried to inject a common sense, bipartisan approach to facing the nation’s challenges. It was an uphill fight, and his insight helps explain what must change in our politics today.”
The American public will get to benefit from Secretary LaHood’s insight because he documents this important part of American political history in his new book, Seeking Bipartisanship (written with Frank H. Mackaman who directs The Dirksen Congressional Center), which will be released this month.
This book is part of the Cambria Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America (PIPPA) Series, headed by political scientists Dr. Sean Kelly and Dr. Scott Frisch (California State University, Channel Islands).
See the Cambria Press website for more books.