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After reading Meredith's article on the Republican Reps. that missed their own swearing-in ceremony, I have to say I'm simply disgusted.

While Reps. Pete Sessions (TX) and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA) both claim that "technically" they were sworn in, albeit remotely, that's not the point. The point is this: we shouldn't be having this conversation. There should never even be a hint of a question regarding why two Reps., who are part of a new House majority claiming it will do things different, skipped their swearing-in ceremony.

I'm willing to concede that that the event wasn't a fundraiser. But again, that's beside the point. Why is a "public" event more important than honoring the spirit of the office you have been elected to hold?

Here's the gist: A swearing-in ceremony should not be fulfilled via technicality. And if that's how you have to defend it after the fact, an apology is in order.

Respect the office and the people and they will respect you. Disgrace it, and all you get is disgust.

Let's make these next two years memorable, not miserable.

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