GOP Rep: ‘I Wake Up Every Day Not Thinking About The Social Issues’


Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) has no interest in waging a culture war during his re-election campaign next year.

“I look at it this way – I wake up every day not thinking about the social issues,” Rigell said, as quoted by Politico. “I sought office because I know we can do better on job creation and I’m also concerned about our fiscal trajectory.”

Rigell has built a reputation of late as the rare House Republican willing to break from GOP orthodoxy. In September, he was the only Republican in the lower chamber to vote against a government spending bill to defund the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Suzanne Patrick, a former naval officer, announced in August that she will challenge Rigell in Virginia’s Second Congressional District.



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