Republican Congressman caught whining about his $175K government salary
Freshman GOP Congressman Steve Southerland (FL-02) was caught complaining about his meager $174,000 Congressional salary at a town hall event last week.
Florida Capitol News reported that Southerland told his constituents that his six-figure salary is “not so much” considering the amount of hours a member of Congress must work.
“And by the way, did I mention? They’re shooting at us. There is law-enforcement security in this room right now, and why is that?” said Southerland. “If you think this job pays too much, with those kinds of risks and cutting me off from my family business, I’ll just tell you: This job don’t mean that much to me. I had a good life in Panama City.”
In 2010, Southerland reportedly earned $91,917 from his family businesses, Southerland Funeral Homes and Forethought Life Insurance Company. Since elected to Congress, Southerland has doubled his annual income while receiving generous health care benefits.
So what is he whining about? Not being paid enough? Working too hard?