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Thu Sep 27, 2012, 09:00 PM Sep 2012
Buyer's remorse hurting the Tea Party!http://news.yahoo.com/politician-kept-budget-vow-now-tries-keep-job-165524872--election.html
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) Shortly after newly elected Rep. Dan Benishek arrived in Washington, staffers raised a banner that proclaimed to visitors in his Capitol Hill suite: "If you are here to ask for more money, you're in the wrong office!"
The message was fitting for a tea party favorite who had railed against federal spending and a "nanny-state mentality" during the 2010 campaign that led to a Republican takeover of the House. But it was something new for his constituents in northern Michigan, a largely rural area where a spirit of self-reliance coexists with the reality that government popular or not is a crucial economic player.
For decades, Michigan's 1st Congressional District elected representatives who sided with conservatives on social issues like abortion while energetically seeking federal dollars for local projects most recently Bart Stupak, a Democrat who retired after nine terms.
But Benishek aimed to fully embrace the conservative ideal. And now after two years in office, he finds himself in an unusual predicament, a politician taking heat for staying true to his campaign rhetoric rather than failing to do so. Whether he wins a second term will offer clues about how well the less-government-is-better philosophy actually plays out in the countryside and small towns where the staunchly conservative movement has flourished.
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Buyer's remorse hurting the Tea Party! (Original Post) Zalatix Sep 2012 OP