• Despite reopening of federal gov't, local voters remain frustrated

    By: Jim Bradley


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The federal government is back open, but many voters remain frustrated by two weeks of shutdowns, furloughs and political fighting.

    “I’m disappointed, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” said Charlotte resident Tommy Simpson.

    The last-minute deal to reopen the government is likely to continue generating resentment among voter.

    Political expert Dr. Michael Bitzer believes neither Democrats nor Republicans will escape.

    “I think there is a general level of disgust among a broad swipe of the electorate,” Bitzer said.

    Bitzer said public anger is likely to swell again in a few months when a new round of talks and a new deadline over the debt ceiling could stoke political gridlock again.

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    “Two-thirds of the public are basically saying, 'Throw everybody out.' If that number gets to 75-80 percent, this is uncharged territory politically,” Bitzer said.

    As early voting started in Mecklenburg County Thursday, Jenifer Daniels was there to cast her ballot, and blamed not only Washington politicians, but voters like herself who sent them there.

    “We have the power to send these folks to Washington, D.C., and so we need to be more mindful about who we’re sending,” Daniels said.

    Charlotte voter Gary Atta agrees and told Channel 9 he is fed up with the way business is being done, or not done, in Washington.

    “Everybody likes to point the finger, but nobody wants to fix anything. So if we can figure out the right people to get in there so we don’t have that issue things would be a lot better,” Atta said.

    So while the government shutdown may be over, the fallout for politicians and the frustration from voters appears far from over.

    For complete coverage of the government shutdown ending, click here.

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