U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill Shares Her Top Priorities

Steve Adubato is joined by U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill (D) – NJ to discuss her career and path towards Congress, the future of the Democratic Party in New Jersey and her priorities in Washington, D.C.

5/18/19 #102






"Welcome to Think Tank. I'm Steve Adubato. We're coming to you from the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio. It is our honor to welcome United States Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill to Think Tank. Thank you for having me. It's great to have you. How much fun are you having in the Spring of 2019 as a member of Congress? It's great. I have entered with one of the largest classes since Watergate. And it's been incredibly exciting. We have a class of veterans, and CI officers, and teachers, and activists, so it has been an incredibly exciting time to enter Congress. And you have a... your background, you have how many children? I have four children. And your military service in the United States Navy? And I was... yeah, I went to the Naval Academy, and I was in the Navy for almost ten years. I was a helicopter pilot and a Russian policy officer. And then I went on to serve again here in Newark as a US attorney. So I'm curious. Right out of the box. The Democratic Party. To those of us in the media and to many Americans, that if you're... it appears as if there are at least two clear wings of the party. The very progressive - some say socialist - wing of the party, liberal... very liberal, and those who are more centrist. Nancy Pelosi, who you did not vote for, for Speaker, Joe Biden and others. Do you think... or ask yourself, "Where do I fit?" No. I know exactly where I fit. Where do you fit? Kind of... my North Star is the 11th District of New Jersey. Describe it. It's like the country. We have some very conservative district... areas of the district, we have some very progressive areas of the district, and then we have a lot of people that really just want to see government work. Want to make sure that their tax dollars are being spent wisely. That the things that government has to handle, large projects like the Gateway Tunnel Project, or small issues, like making sure veterans who are going to their doctor's appointments have child care. You know. All the federal issues that federal government has to handle are being handled well in Washington. Do you think, Congresswoman, that it is your job to express your views, whether it's on immigration, ICE policy, border related issues, tax policy, a whole range of issues. Impeachment, the possible impeachment that some of your colleagues want to see happen with President Trump. Do you believe it's your view to express your opinion, your job to express your opinion, or to, quote unquote, classic question, you know where it's going, "reflect" what you believe the..."