U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, the freshman Republican from Lawrenceville, ran into some flak last night over his vote to approve the debt-ceiling deal reached by Congress this month.
Woodall was one of three Georgians to vote “aye” – the others were U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, and Johnny Isakson.
From Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald, who was at the town hall meeting:
Paul Leslie of Winder likened it to driving a bus off a cliff, then opening a parachute.
“Some things you can’t compromise on,” he said. “You can’t compromise with evil.”
Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, said he understands that viewpoint, but stood by his vote.
“I’m proud of that vote,” he told the crowd.
“We’re not,” one man called out.
Aued’s piece closes with this odd exchange:
Woodall defended global free trade, saying that it promotes U.S. exports. The strength of U.S. manufacturing is quality, and Americans should not try to compete on low wages with China and Mexico, he said.
More banking regulations aren’t needed, but the Justice Department should enforce the laws on the books, he said, prompting boos from the audience.
Woodall’s town hall experience underlines the wisdom of the joint appearances that U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson have been making across the state this month. They’ve got one planned for next Tuesday in Young Harris.
Chambliss voted against the debt plan. Isakson, as stated above, voted for it. So far, each senator has resisted the temptation to rip the lungs from the chest of his colleague – thus setting a moral example for audiences to follow, and furthering the cause of civil discourse.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider