Rep. Stephen Fincher’s 8th district has been redrawn to include parts of Shelby County and the congressman was happy to speak at the Shelby GOP Lincoln Day Dinner Friday night.
Fincher chuckled that “since the redistricting Steve Cohen won’t speak to me!” He then turned serious and noted that “there is a lot of talk about how dysfunctional Washington D.C. is. But this is a team sport and I cannot serve without you!”
After Romney’s loss, Fincher said he was “devastated. I said to my wife, ‘let’s quit.’ Then she reminded me that the 8th district didn’t vote for Obama. You’ll have to stand up and speak for us.”
That idea was reinforced recently when he took his family to the National Archives. As a congressman he got close up access and saw “the first journal of the country when they voted for Washington; the first ten amendments; and other important documents. I thought too many people have fought, bled and died for this country to have it turned into Europe.”
After the applause died down, Fincher shared an anecdote. A Democrat Congressman from California shared the stage with him to discuss the Farm bill. The Democrat quoted scripture and said that the government’s role is like that of Jesus in the Bible.” Fincher did not share that belief. “I replied that the Bible also says the poor will always be with us and if a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. It’s not the government’s role. We’re out of control.”
Fincher acknowledged that it is at times difficult to decide a vote. “My wife sometimes gives me a hard time on a vote. It’s not always easy.”
On the scandals now coming out of the Obama administration, Fincher has concerns about Benghazi, the IRS and the AP tapping of phones. “The IRS in particular is big time – if we get to the bottom of it.”