Two issues plague Democrats when it comes to congressmen representing swing districts: The moderates don’t get heard in Washington, and centrist districts are rapidly becoming extinct because of the way congressional lines are being drawn.
Main Street America’s ability to be represented fully is diminishing, according to U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
“I have a district which is pretty evenly divided politically, so I hear from a variety of voices with their concerns,” the three-term Democrat said.
He follows those concerns when voting, he insisted, rather than following the party line.
That is not the case, he said, for colleagues in districts that are heavily Democrat or Republican: “When they attend town halls, they are likely to only hear concerns from like-minded people because of the partisan ways that districts are drawn.”