“I’m not going to lose my son at the end of 2020 and my republic in 2021.” These where the words spoken by Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin on a recent, emotional interview with Jake Tapper on CNN.
On the last day of 2020, Congressman Raskin and his wife Sarah announced the death of their son Tommy at the age of 25 to suicide. Tommy lost his battle with depression.
Most people would have walked away from responsibility and would have taken time to heal. I’m sure in time Jamie and Sarah will do that. But our congressman had a responsibility to continue to work during this trying time in our American history. Raskin was present during the insurrection to take over the government during the Electoral College vote. He also had to worry about his daughter and son-in-law who where also in harm's way during this crisis.
Congressman Raskin continued with his constitutional duty and challenged those who continued to call the election invalid. The job was complete at 3:42 a.m. on Jan. 7 — making Joe Biden the President-Elect of the United States.
Congressman Raskin could have then taken the time he needed to morn his loss. Instead, after talk of yet another impeachment started, he was back to work assisting in the writing of the Articles of Impeachment. After President Trump was impeached for a second time, the responsibility of prosecuting the President fell on Congressman Raskin who is the lead attorney in the Senate trial.
At this point, we do not know the outcome of this trial but we do know that the last month has made Congressman Jamie Raskin a noble candidate for consideration for the John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award for 2021. Please join me in nominating our congressman at jfklibrary.org.