When asked to rationalize her sour grapes primary against State Rep. Brian Sims by Chris Brennan, ousted former rep Babette Josephs claimed she’s really running because Rep. Sims doesn’t provide the same level of constituent services she did:
Josephs said she is running again because she hears from former constituents and other politicians — she would not give names — who complain that Sims is not providing constituent services from his state office.
Fortunately, the House Democrats have a Constituent Tracking Service where they keep track of all this stuff, so I reached out to the state office to get the casework numbers.
Here’s a comparison of Babette Josephs’s last year in office, vs. Brian Sims’s first year in office:
During Babette Josephs’s last year in office, from December 1, 2011 to November 30, 2012 her staff handled 579 constituents cases, and performed a grand total of 681 services. Each case might involve the rendering of multiple services (LIHEAP assistance + Medicaid enrollment) in a single discreet case, which is why the services number is higher.
By comparison, during Brian Sims’s first full year in office from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013, his staff handled 5271 cases and provided 9220 services.
It looks like Josephs is right – Brian Sims is not providing the same level of constituent services she did. He’s providing nine times that level. And he’s doing it with fewer staffers.
So there you have it: if you want nine times worse constituent service in the 182nd district, make sure to pull the lever for Babette Josephs on May 20th.