With much of the country (and surely many of their own constituents) suffering in a tough economy, the class of 2010 jets off to Florida to raise big money. CBS News reported this morning on a group 12 Republican freshman House members taking a nice little trip down to paradise to raise campaign cash from special interest lobbyists.
We all remember that the 2010 class was going to be different. They were going to change the way those Washington, D.C. insiders operated. They were going to shake things up and work for their constituents, who elected them in droves. They were going to fight the special interests who have taken over our Nation's Capitol. Well, they have a funny way of showing it.
From the report:
"In 2010, many freshmen Republicans were swept into Congress on the promise of doing things differently. But fast-forward to 2012, and the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla. -- an exclusive seaside resort and home to 54 holes of championship golf and a private marina full of luxury yachts."
This sort of special interest fundraising is nothing new for members of Congress, of course. But when you base much of your campaign on changing the culture in the halls of Congress, and then spend the next two years engaging in the very activites you so decried on the campaign trail, you're one of two things: a hypocrite or a liar. Which one is it going to be class of 2010? The American people (im)patiently wait for your answer.
The CBS News team also went undercover and got film of the "wink and a nod" fundraising event. Check it out here.