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Fmr. EPA Chief Whitman: 'Hyper-Partisan Politics' Alienating Voters

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 Christine Whitman, testifying before a House committee in 2007 on air quality in lower Manhattan after 9/11. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 19 Oct 2015 09:24 PM

Christine Todd Whitman, former head of the EPA in the George W. Bush administration and former governor of New Jersey, says "hyper-partisan politics" and Super PAC money are alienating voters, NorthJersey.com reports. 

"It means that most of our candidates at the federal level are being supported by people who don’t live in their district or … in their state," Whitman told a group of about 90 at the League of Women Voters of Ridgewood on Monday.

"So they don’t have the same interests as local people," she said. "They’re about bigger, overarching single issue targets that they’ve decided upon."

Whitman said the news media's 24/7 news cycle forces candidates to take extreme positions to be noticed. Anonymous tips also contribute to the partisan atmosphere as they are shared on social media sites, she said.

"It’s not what people want," Whitman said. "And how do we know that? Because you look at voter turnout."

Only 10 percent of voters participate in primaries and only 35 percent vote in congressional elections, she said, and that leaves most moderate voters feeling left out of the process.

"What it’s doing is reinforcing the politics that we have today because it’s telling those in office either we don’t care or you’re doing fine," she said.

Whitman said a constitutional amendment likely will be needed to rid the process of Super PACS, which she said fuel the hyper-partisanship. The 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling allowed for unlimited spending for political causes.

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Christine Todd Whitman, former head of the EPA in the George W. Bush administration and former governor of New Jersey, says hyper-partisan politics and Super PAC money are alienating voters, NorthJersey.com reports. It means that most of our candidates at the federal...
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