Immediately after sending Rep. Peter Stauber my response to his Jan. 29 newsletter, I checked this paper’s letters to the editor and discovered that a constituent from Duluth had beaten me to the punch. To his Jan. 30 letter, headlined, “Republican calls for unity are hypocritical,” I say, “Wonderful!”

In his newsletter, Stauber, in a very general way, denounced the Jan. 6 insurrection and called for unity. Admirable perhaps, but he took absolutely no responsibility for his part, including signing on to the Texas lawsuit to the Supreme Court that argued election fraud. He also didn’t cite the actions of the former president and his GOP colleagues for their parts in organizing and fueling the horrible events of that day. Instead, Stauber quite quickly focused his attention on blaming President Joe Biden for taking actions that Stauber said would take jobs away from Americans.

I found Stauber’s words very disappointing and extremely concerning. As a former law enforcement officer, Stauber should clearly see the GOP can no longer claim to be the party of law and order. Stauber claimed it is a “waste of time” for the Senate to deal with the impeachment trial of a man no longer in office. I was appalled by that. The 45th president of the United States was impeached for inciting an insurrection. We watched him prepare for it, promote it, provoke the actions of those who were there, and give the green light for the attack. This can’t be allowed to go by without a conviction and serious consequences.

If Stauber is concerned about his own re-election, he needs to do the right thing. That would be to retract his statements, apologize for his actions, and get behind an effort to convict a man whose guilt is obvious to all.

Loren W. Brabec

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Braham, Minnesota

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