Tuesday night on the Daily Show, Samantha Bee interviewed “renegade” Republican Scott Rigell to ask him why he turned “traitor” and voted against his party. As she always does, Sam made her point hilariously while discussing a sad situation.
Rigell is definitely making no friends or allies among the GOP by realizing that nothing can be accomplished in Washington unless one is willing to compromise and put the nation ahead of political loyalties. He was the only Republican to cast a vote with the Democrats against the government shutdown.
He told her that when he found out that he was the only member of his party to vote that way, he told his chief of staff, “Brace yourself.”
Rigell went on to say that he doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act, but that he voted as he did because he thought that something else was more important — the well-being of the country. He recognized that the shutdown is not good for the economy.
“It is important to me to represent sane budgeting in Washington,” Rigell said.
“Who would believe someone in Congress was putting the bigger picture ahead of politics?” Sam asked.
Rigell said that he is among the most conservative members of Congress but that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. He says that while he believes in his vision for the country, he is still willing to engage his opponents in thoughtful debate.
Watch the video below.