WASHINGTON (3/21/12)--Because credit unions invest in their communities they are key to the country's economic growth and credit union executives should remind lawmakers of their hard work.
That was the message Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) conveyed in his speech at Tuesday morning's session of the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference.
Woodall also said politicians and credit unions have something in common.
"I'm in the customer service business, all day, every day, just like you,'' noted Woodall, a freshman who represents a district in the suburbs of Atlanta.
And he pointed out that "your members are the drivers of the good things that happen in this economy.''
He noted that surveys show that credit unions and rural electric cooperatives are among the institutions that enjoy the highest degree of respect among consumers, and urged credit unions to use their popularity to try to influence lawmakers.
Woodall, whose candidacy for the U.S. Congress was assisted by efforts of national and local credit union groups, said that the freshmen lawmakers are more concerned about doing the right thing than in getting re-elected.
"They don't care if they get re-elected and feel that they don't have to necessarily put together the best campaign or put out the best press release. But if they do the right thing today, tomorrow and Thursday, the election will turn out well,'' he said.