Saturday, June 09, 2012

(Video) Tim Huelskamp press conference at CPAC Chicago

House freshman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) spoke at CPAC Chicago yesterday. But before his speech he addressed the media at a press conference. I missed the beginning, but I still got some potent comments from the man who represents the Sunflower State's "Big First" district.

Warner Todd Huston of Publius Forum asked Huelskamp if he signed on to the resolution calling for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. "I did, I did." he replied.

He remains a critic of Holder. "What I tell constituents back home, it's not about [the Justice Department] lying to a member Congress, but it's about them misleading the American People," Huelskamp told Huston. "This is not just any bureaucrat," Huelskamp said of Holder, "this is the principal law enforcement officer of the entire federal government that couldn't remember his authorization of [the botched gun smuggling sting Operation Fast and Furious].

The Kansan also condemned Holder on DOMA. "But this is the same gentleman that in a court of law that threw the case  and said 'You know what, I don't like the Defense of Marriage Act.'"

Huelskamp also asserted, "Whether you like it or not, [DOMA]  passed. I'm sorry Mr. Holder, you should defend it,"

Lake Scott State Park, Kansas' First District
"They're actively now in court saying 'We're going to undermine the law,'" Huelskamp said.

In regards to the Wisconsin recall, Huelskamp expressed his disappointment that on day after Scott Walker's victory, an amendment to undo the Davis Bacon Act wage requirements failed to pass in the House. "Fifty two Republicans stuck with the unions," he lamented.

Huelskamp told us that he has conducted 126 town hall meetings in his sprawling district since being sworn in last year. I don't believe that my member of Congress, Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has held one in her geographically compact district since the raucous one I attended in 2009.

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