Congressman Cassidy visits with Rotarians

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, visited with area business leaders at the Gonzales Rotary Club’s meeting on Aug. 7, which was open to all Rotarians and their guests.

The Congressman discussed issues relevant to Louisiana and Ascension Parish, including health care, the economy, energy exploration and coastal restoration. He noted that individuals and small businesses can better grow the economy than Washington. 

“Politicians typically overpromise and underfund and can never be as wise as that small businessman,” he said. 

The Congressman commended local business leaders and government officials in building a parish which is economically and educationally attractive. 

“You have invested in education so people move to this parish for an education,” he said. 

The Congressman emphasized that he takes the views of his constituents in Ascension and turn them into policy in Washington. Every legislative initiative on his part stems from that process, he said. 

“Almost everything we’re doing legislatively is from things we’ve learned in Louisiana,” he said. “When I go back to Washington, I can take [the] accumulated knowledge and turn it into policy.” 

Finally, he emphasized that it’s his responsibility to represent all his constituents, regardless of political affiliation. 

“Whatever you are, it is my privilege to represent you, and if I don’t, shame on me.”