Quote from Alexis de Tocqueville 

"The electors see their representative not only
as a legislator for the state but also as the
natural protector of local interests in the legislature;
indeed, they almost seem to think that he has a power of attorney
to represent each constituent, and they trust him to be as eager
in their private interests as in those of the country."

Quote by:
Alexis de Tocqueville
(1805-1859) French historian
Democracy in America, 1835 http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/toc_indx.html
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