Runyan: House Freshmen Under Close Scrutiny

Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 01:24 PM

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Congressman-elect Jon Runyan, a former professional football player with the Philadelphia Eagles, says jobs, tax cuts and healthcare will be his priorities as a freshman lawmaker in Washington, D.C.

He’s also well aware that his freshman class, with their tea party roots, will be under heavy scrutiny from the constituents back home.

“It’s about taking care of the people back home,” Runyan told Newsmax. “Constituent relations and making sure that they’re taken care of, that is really the number one priority as we try to turn this country around.”

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And what the folks back home care about is jobs, taxes and healthcare.

“There’s a lot tied to (jobs) … every little detail always falls back into that,” he said. “It’s really tough for people right now because we really don’t know what cost of health care is going to be in a couple of years. You don’t know what tax rates will be like in two months and that’s really holding down that job market.”

Runyan acknowledged that the pulls of traditional Washington, the lobbyists and party leadership, did not magically disappear with the last election but believes the newcomers, many with little or no connections to the political world, will bring “a little more of what the people have.”

“I think the promises I personally made on the campaign trail to stay true to those values … is a huge part of what I think this class will bring to Congress,” he said.

Runyan also admitted he was a bit selfish when it comes to New Jersey. He said he would like to see Gov. Chris Christie, already being touted as a presidential candidate, stay put for now and fix the problems besetting the Garden State.

As to the other former NFL player in Congress, blue dog Democrat Heath Shuler, Runyan believes membership in that small fraternity can draw them together.

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