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Former Rep. Costello: Congress Lives ‘In a Bubble’

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Former U.S. Representative Jerry Costello (Getty/Chris Kleponis)

Former U.S. Representative Jerry Costello (Getty/Chris Kleponis)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - After serving nearly a quarter century in Congress, Metro East Democrat Jerry Costello is now looking at Washington from the outside and he doesn’t like what he sees.

“You kind of get a sense when you’re hear as opposed to in D.C. four days a week of just how frustrated people are when they look at Congress,” he told KMOX News Monday.

“Their lives are at stake, health care is at stake, everything is at stake and it seems that the people in Washington are just in a bubble, not relating to people on a day-to-day basis,” Costello added.

Costello says he misses the people he worked with in Congress but he doesn’t miss the “partisan nonsense,” which he calls “really sad.”

The Democrat hopes it changes sooner or later but in the short term, he says he’s not optimistic.

Costello announced in October of 2011 that he would not seek reelection for Illinois’ 12th congressional seat, a district Democrats have held for nearly 70 years.

Democrat William Enyart, a retired general, defeated Republican businessman Jason Plummer last year, succeeding Costello.

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