Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie shakes hands with Kathi Proulx on Tuesday during his visit to Trimble County. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie shakes hands with Kathi Proulx on Tuesday during his visit to Trimble County. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) visited Bray Orchards on Tuesday during his "Listening Tour" through Kentucky's 4th District this week. Massie told those he met about his experiences in Washington and asked for comments, questions and other feedback.

"I heard a lot of rumors about how bad it was in Washington," Massie said. "Unfortunately, most of the rumors are true." Massie said there is a general frustration among the freshmen House members toward the leadership in both parties. Massie said the majority of the problem is in the leadership, not with the rank-and-file members. "I co-sponsored Democrats' bills, they co-sponsored ours, but the leaders never let those bills get to the floor for a vote," he said.

Massie said that the leadership - Republican and Democrat - "Don't want to move the bills that make it look like we're working together."

Massie said one of his goals moving forward is to continue working with the freshmen congressmen and congresswomen and keep them from becoming zombies. "Zombies is an appropriate term," Massie said. Once politicians get to Washington, he said, they don't vote on what they campaigned on - they vote based on pressure from the lobbyists. "Once they get bit (by the lobbyists) they don't come back," he said. "They just fall in line."