Southerland on defense over farm bill
U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland signalled how worried he was over his roll in killing the farm bill last week when he hastily turned to friends including Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida Farm Bureau to vouch for the Panama City Republican's strong support for agriculture interests in Florida.
But it won't stop Democrats from bludgeoning Southerland with the farm bill, which died after he introduced a controversial amendment to allow states to increase work requirements for food stamp recipients. "It was a partisan poison pill, the last amendment of the day. And it was enough to kill the measure," said Time magazine.
Today the Florida Democratic party hosted a conference call with Democratic Jackson County Commissioner Jeremy Branch, a food safety consultant, who accused Southerland of being more interested in pleasing tea party activists than llooking out for his own district.
"Actually, it angers me that Congressman Southerland willing to put these brokem Washington politics over middle class families and farmers in his own district," Burch said. "(He) chose to use the American farmer in an ideological game of cat and mouse."