Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says after the Arizona shootings and wounding of fellow Representative Gabrielle Giffords, she’ll be more vigilant, but plans no changes to her daily routine.
Bordallo says she and her staff will be more vigilant in monitoring her e-mails and town meetings. And if there are threats or disruptions, those will be reported to federal authorities.
But as for changing her daily routine, and the way Bordallo relates to constituents she says “I don’t plan to change my way of campaigning and being among our people. I’ve done it all my life. I take chances when I go to Afghanistan and Iraq. I’ve always been one to think, ‘well, I’ve just put my life in God’s hands. So, I certainly am not going to change my way of being among our people and helping out our people.”
Bordallo says she has not been threatened, though she knows other lawmakers have, and want increased security or protection…and some will likely get it in the days to come.
Bordallo was told in a conference call with members and staff, Sunday that “The Capitol Police and the Sergeant at Arms, here, will be requesting that we fill out questionnaires, asking for our home addresses, our office addresses, both my private home, and our office addresses, both here in Washington, DC and in Guam. So I guess…it always takes an incident like this to beef up…what should have been there, I guess, in the first place.”
Bordallo expects the tragedy in Arizona, involving the slaying of a federal judge, a 9-year old girl, a Giffords’ staffer and 3-others, with some 20-wounded, will also have an impact on the tone of national political discourse, which the 5-term Bordallo says has been pretty rough.
“I’ve seen it on the floor, here,” said Bordallo, “The media, I have to say this, the media does incite people, as well. So, it’s all of us…I think we just have to sit down and take a look at what we’ve done, and how to improve ourselves…and bring about more peace.”
Bordallo says she ‘sort of saw this coming’…with debates at town meetings, even in Guam, becoming disruptive…and constituents using harsh language in e-mails to her and other lawmakers.
Bordallo participated with her colleagues on the Capitol steps in a national moment of silence for the Arizona shooting victims, led at the White House, by President Obama and First Lady Michelle.