FAREWELL TO CONGRESS FROM REPRESENTATIVE OF SANDY HOOK DISTRICT
An effective, consensus building Congresswoman from Connecticut, Elizabeth Esty, left Congress before the 2019 session, deciding not to run for again as decisions she made about a sexual abuse issue in her office forced her early departure. While the #MeToo issue is touched on, she does a valedictory on the way our politics play out for a problem solver, more intent on passing legislation, than scoring points. In her last speech on the U.S. House floor, she said ‘Congress was not my dream, but making a difference was’. And, she did. She invited Larry Rifkin to join her in recording an interview for StoryCorps. Larry was honored to do so. We thank StoryCorps for their permission in using this conversation. We encourage you to support their mission to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives (storycorps.org). This conversation will be housed at the Library of Congress. It was recorded and facilitated by Camila Kerwin of StoryCorps at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in October, 2018.