Jared Golden, a young two-term congressman from Maine and former Marine, has stood alone among his peers as the only Democrat in the House of Representatives willing to openly oppose Nancy Pelosi’s far-left agenda across a full spectrum of issues.
Golden voted against the recent 1.9 Trillion stimulus bill as well as against both recent Democrat gun control bills and another seeking radical ‘reform’ of police departments across the country.
As Fox News reports:
Golden was an early opponent to the move by his party’s congressional leadership to advance the bill through budget reconciliation, which allowed the legislation to pass with Democratic votes only and avoided the 60-vote filibuster threshold in the Senate. And Golden was one of only two Democrats – along with Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon – who voted against the relief package in late February when it cleared its first House hurdle.
Explaining his opposition, the congressman wrote, “I know there are people who will continue to need assistance getting through the final stages of this pandemic, which is why I have argued that Congress should have addressed their needs with a targeted bill that extends unemployment benefits, funds vaccine distribution, and increases investments in our public health infrastructure.”…
Golden last week was also the lone House Democrat to vote against a bill that would expand background checks on all commercial gun sales. And he was one of just two Democrats – along with Ron Kind of Wisconsin – to vote against another measure that would close what’s known as the “Charleston loophole,” which allows some licensed gun sales to go through before a required background check is completed. Taking advantage of that loophole, Dylann Roof was able to legally purchase a weapon that he used to gun down nine people in 2015 at a historically Black church in Charleston, S.C.
Noting that “many of my constituents have a proud tradition of responsible gun ownership,” Golden highlighted that “to keep firearms out of the hands of criminal offenders, we need to strictly enforce the laws we already have in place and provide the existing background check system with the resources, technology, and staffing necessary to work efficiently and without error.”
Given Golden’s recent track record he very well may be more conservative than many anti-Trump Republicans within the current GOP and is likely to face a major attack from the far-left during any future primary.
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