Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tells It Like It Is On His Way Out
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is finally ending his political career in Washington D.C. at the age of 82 years old. He had some choice words for his colleagues about how the Capitol has changed during his time in office. He believes that most politicians are no longer in office to serve the best interests of the country, but they are they for personal ambition and political gain.
He told the Associated Press that D.C. wasn’t what it used to be.
“If we don’t get back to it, this country is going to be severely damaged,” Leahy said, adding “we’re the wealthiest, most powerful nation on Earth. And we have over 300 million Americans. We have a responsibility to the Americans. We have a responsibility to the rest of the world.”
He reinforced his stand that politicians in Washington no longer care about the country, only about their “political ambitions.”
Leahy has given the last 48 years in the Senate, and said in the past regardless of which political party someone associated themselves with, senators always found a way to get things done.
“I think then, most of [the senators] knew there were basic things the Senate should do, basic things the country needed, and we should find a way to come together,” Leahy said.
He went further saying that when he first started his career being on the news or trending on Twitter did not even exist. But now politicians care way too much about their social status and they are not fighting for what is best in the United States.
“Now, there are too many people who think, ‘What can I say that will get me on the evening news or give me a sound bite or get me on this Twitter account,’ or something else? They don’t care about the country. They care about their political ambitions,” Leahy said.