GOP Rep Fires Back at Limbaugh

Ga. congressman defends leadership, blasts talking heads
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2009 8:29 AM CST
In this Jan. 5, 2009 file photo, Republican leaders Mitch McConnell, John Kyl, and and John Boehner speak after their meeting with then-president-elect Obama.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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(Newser) – Rush Limbaugh is in hot water with an unexpected critic: A Republican congressman who doesn't appreciate the radio blowhard's take on his party's leaders. Limbaugh and President Obama have traded barbs this week, but Limbaugh's dragging Mitch McConnell and John Boehner into the spat was too much for Phil Gingrey of Georgia. "It’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks," he told Politico.

"You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party," Gingrey said of the talking heads. "You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing." Limbaugh shot back, “Conservatives want leadership from those who claim to represent them. And we'll know it when we see it.”