GOP Rep: My $174K Salary Ain't Worth This
Fla. congressman complains about lousy pay for dangerous job
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2011 6:09 AM CDT
Then-Rep.-elect Steve Southerland (R-FL) speaks to the media November 15, 2010 on Capitol Hill.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A freshman GOP rep from Florida is taking some heat after suggesting his salary isn't worth the dangers of his job in the wake of Gabrielle Giffords' shooting, the loss of income from his family business, and the lack of free health care. “They’re shooting at us. There is law-enforcement security in this room right now, and why is that?” Rep. Steve Southerland asked a town hall meeting Wednesday, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “If you think this job pays too much, with those kinds of risks, I’ll just tell you: This job don’t mean that much to me. I had a good life in Panama City.”

Democrats are inviting him to go back there, with the DCCC pointing out that Southerland makes four times what a police officer in his district makes. “It’s unbelievable how far out of touch Rep. Steve Southerland is with Florida families if he thinks his $174,000 salary is not so much,” said a Democratic spokesman. Southerland tells Politico that his words were taken out of context and clarified that his job in Congress is “one of the greatest honors of my life.”

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Aug 28, 2011 12:08 AM CDT
I am accepting donations send money, oops sorry I am American we are paying your salary assshole.
Aug 27, 2011 9:32 PM CDT
It's a hell of alot of money for sitting on your ass and obstructing. Please resign and relieve yourself of this burden
Aug 26, 2011 8:49 PM CDT
I don't know which party is better at hustling. One is made up academics that sells the middle class on their bad ideas, the other made up of rich guys that convince poor folks to vote for rich folks.