I had a friend who was involved in the Missouri Catholic Conference's annual lobby day effort last year on an important pro-life bill under consideration by the Missouri Senate. A group of Catholic citizens, led by the conference leadership, went to Jefferson City to talk to their representatives and senators about the bill. It was not unusual for lawmakers who were in session to briefly exit the chambers to meet and greet the group and discuss their positions and concerns with the bill.
Needless to say, my friend was not sanguine about the chances of Jeff Smith supporting a pro-life bill--he was a well-known supprter of the legalized killing of innocent babies in the womb. But, like on most bills, there was hope he could support this- or that- portion of a bill that might make its way to a vote as an amendment to other bills. Even if not, it is common courtesy to meet with one's constituents.
Well, this friend was in the Senate lounge with other citizens, and several senators on both sides of the issue had been in and out to discuss the matter. When Senator Smith was asked to come out to meet his constituents, there was a delay. Then, he looked out, on tiptoes presumably, to see which group it was that wanted to see him. One look must have told him what he needed to know--he stiffed the Catholic Conference. My friend was not terribly impressed with his fortitude.
Today, I awoke to check the local paper breaking down in inkstained tears over the sad fall of this same former Senator:
Once high-flying political star Jeff Smith was brought low by lies.