05/24/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Me and the Lobbyists

I have to confess. There is a part of this job, this whole "Member of Congress" experience, that I'm just not any good at. In fact, I'm awful at it.

I just can't bring myself to kiss up to lobbyists. That's why I need your help.

Example One: A lobbyist tried to convince that I should vote against health care reform, because people don't want health care.

I honestly was stunned by the utter swinishness of that statement. That lobbyist had health coverage; why wouldn't he want others to have it?

Then I asked him if he had any polling on that. Suddenly, that lobbyist got real quiet.

Let's face it. I'm not going to see a $5000 PAC check from that lobbyist any time soon. (I'm sure my opponent will, though.) But I'm proud to turn to you for support, at our website

Example Two: The head of a trade association came to my office with members of his association, and told me that if a particular bill passed, his members would be subject to onsite inspection. I told him that wasn't true. He insisted it was. So I had the staff provide him with a copy of the bill, and I asked him to show me where it said that. He spent the rest of the meeting thumbing through the bill, pretending to look for something that wasn't there.

No $5000 PAC check to my campaign from him, either. But I know that my opponent will get one.

You make it possible for me to survive in office without that $5000 check. There is no alternative. I need your help. And now you know why. Please go to our website,

Who owns Washington? The lobbyists, or us? It's up to you. Please help.