Rooting for both teams
Voters in the 5th Congressional District, which covers 85.1 percent of the electorate in Forsyth County, returned Virginia Foxx to Congress for a fifth term.
If it had been left up solely to voters in Forsyth, Democrat Elisabeth Motsinger would have eked out a narrow victory. But the flipside of the equation is that the Forsyth electorate makes up only 40.7 percent of the district, with more conservative voters in almost a dozen rural counties offsetting the progressive balance.
So it goes that a county that was carried by Barack Obama for a second time continues to have a Republican as its representative in Congress.
IFBOEHNER WANTS TO LEAVE A LEGACY OF BREAKING PARTISAN GRIDLOCK IN WASHINGTON TOFORGE A DEAL WITH OBAMA ON THE DEFICIT, IT LOOKS LIKE HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO RUNTHROUGH A LINEBACKER NAMED VIRGINIA FOXX.
And not just any Republican. The Hill, the house organ for the legislative branch of the federal government, calls her a “conservative firebrand.” But far from being an ideological outlier, Foxx finds herself in the mainstream of her party. Considered a rock star among the Republican faithful, Foxx barnstormed the state stumping for the Romney/Ryan ticket and trumpeting the House budget authored by her colleague, Rep. Paul Ryan.
She put her own campaign behind the presidential ticket, and her agenda as a candidate was indistinguishable from the House Republican posi- tion. She’s legendary for her fundraising prowess and, considering that Democratic opponents rarely put scratch in her armor, for her generosity to fellow Repub- lican candidates in tougher contests. It’s a testament to the polarization of our region that while President Obama was re-elected with a strengthened hand to negotiate tax increases on wealthier Americans to reduce the deficit, Foxx is being propelled up through the ranks of the opposing team.
Last week, she was named secretary of the House Republican Conference — responsible according to the body’s website for “approving GOP member committee assignments, managing leadership-driven floor debates and executing a communications strategy that is executed within the party and is conveyed to constituents through the media.”
Casting a gimlet eye over House Speaker John Boehner’s shoulder during a press conference last week, Foxx listened as her chamber’s top guy said, “Our majority is the primary line of defense for the American people against a government that spends too much, borrows too much when left unchecked. I’ve outlined a framework for how both parties can work together to avert the fiscal cliff without raising taxes.”
Two days later, after powwowing with President Obama and leaders from both parties in the House and Senate, Boehner told reporters he had a plan for reforming the tax code and spending programs that was in sync with the president’s call for fairness and balance.
“To show our seriousness,” he said, “we put revenue on the table as long as it’s accompanied by significant spending cuts.”
If Boehner wants to leave a legacy of breaking partisan gridlock in Washington to forge a deal with Obama on the deficit, it looks like he’s going to have to run through a linebacker named Virginia Foxx.
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