Rigell Taking Heat From Tea Party
This is exactly why the Tea Party can’t govern. Any attempts to work with their political opposites on anything are seen as treason, and the villagers immediately light up their torches to storm the castle. The ignore the reality that Democrats control the Senate, and the Presidency.
Republican Congressman Scott Rigell is facing push backs from Tea Party loyalists for his appearance with President Obama at Newport News Shipbuilding Tuesday.
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) is not a surprising guest alongside the president, but many Republicans took offense to Rigell’s seemingly newfound friendship with Obama.
“I knew that some would misunderstand why I got on that plane,” Rigell told 10 On Your Side. “It wasn’t about getting a ride on Air Force One. It was about being able to speak directly to the president about the need to avoid sequestration… to replace it with something wiser.”
Rigell is also willing to revise the tax code in an effort to find middle ground with Democrats in time to avoid Friday’s sequester.
“[Rigell] was elected to restrain the federal government. He was elected to be in there to cut spending to cut taxes because when you cut spending you can cut taxes. He’s done neither,” Founder of the Hampton Roads chapter of the Tea Party Karen Miner Hurd said.