It is astonishing to see the AARP symbol on Tom Reed’s facebook page. Until now, Tom has mocked and disrespected the AARP. Evidently Tom is moderating his image, presumably to win votes of moderates. Here are some cases in point:
- NO MORE
- Visits Meals on Wheels and similar agencies
- Urges compliance with the SAFE Act.
These changes in image lack substance–Tom is very set in his opinions, and so far changes in image haven’t been reflected in votes. Tom continues to take a hard line on unemployment compensation, minimum wage, immigration reform, and other pressing issues.
How will Tom’s views evolve? Will he continue to soften his image but still vote with the GOP leadership, or is the softer image a precursor to more moderate votes?
© William Hungerford – April 2014