I heard a claim on a TV show tonight that made my antennae perk up. A Democrat member of the House of Representatives made the claim that she took an oath to represent the best interests of the people in her constituency.
However, I believe the oath members of Congress take is actually what follows. This is from the page of the Clerk of the House of Representatives with my emphases:
As required by Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, Members of Congress shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution. Representatives, delegates, and the resident commissioner all take the oath of office on the first day of the new Congress, immediately after the House has elected its Speaker. The Speaker of the House administers the oath of office as follows:
"I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
No mention of constituents.
I was under the impression was that people should elect people whom they believe will do the right thing, rather than just be parochial or local, regardless. I was under the impression that Members of Congress should not merely bend their own views according to pressure from back home. Without ignoring local interests, they should do the right thing.
Still, it remains that Congressman take an oath of office, not an oath of party or constituency. That office mentions the Constitution.