ROME, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia has doubled down on his criticism of President Barack Obama's health care law and his role in the partial government shutdown earlier this month.
Graves says he's not worried about public opinion mounting against the GOP after the shutdown. He says voters will come around because of dissatisfaction over the health care law and its clumsy implementation.
Back in Graves' northwest Georgia district, there's no indication the shutdown was ever a threat for the congressman.
John Massey is a 67-year-old business owner in Rome. He cheered Graves for sponsoring an unsuccessful proposal to defund the health care law. He said the fight was worth it.
The sentiment helps explain why many GOP House members have little incentive to soften their hard-line approach.