By all accounts, Pat Tiberi, a Republican from Ohio, was a good congressman: thoughtful, interested in public policy, not given to grandstanding or demagoguery. He was moderate, and his constituents appreciated him: he has served them in the House since 2001 and has been winning his re-election bids with growing ease, gaining 67 percent of the votes just last November.
Tiberi betrayed those constituents last week. Eleven months after he asked them to return him to Congress for two years and just 10 months after taking the oath of office, he announced that he’s retiring from the House to become a lobbyist for an Ohio business group.
One assumes the new job pays better, which is saying a lot, considering that House members are paid $174,000 a year and receive benefits and expense reimbursement out the wazoo.
But apparently being a member of the U.S. House of Representatives was just a job to Pat Tiberi and now he can take the training provided to him by taxpayers, and his constituents, and go out and make a whole lot of money.
So much for commitment. So much for his constituents. Apparently, being a member of Congress was just a job to him and it was time to move along, and his commitment and the constituents be damned.