Twelve term Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA 8th) announced in January that he is not running for re-election. Yet that announcement did not stop the Northern Virginia Democrat from running his mouth. The pugnacious politician pronounced that Members of Congress are underpaid.
This quip from Representative Moran did not come without controversy or cost. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC 4th) sharply retorted: “
But the notion that you can make $174,000 in this country and be underpaid is laughable. We are better off than 99.9 percent of the people we claim to work for. And I would be embarrassed to say that — given our job performance and our salary — that we are anything other than grossly overcompensated.While Representative Gowdy may push back on being called a "Tea Party Congressman", his political spirit is closely aligned with a movement which considers at its core that Americans are Taxed Enough Already.