Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DCCC: Florida congressman complains about his $174,000 salary

During a town hall meeting yesterday, Representative Steve Southerland (FL-02) complained that his $174,000 a year salary was “not so much” even though his salary is nearly four times more than a typical Florida family or a local police officer’s salary.

Adam Hodge of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee noted, “While he’s complaining about only making $174,000, his constituents are struggling to put food on the table, keep a roof over their head or find a job.”
Southerland went on to tell his constituents that “this job doesn’t mean that much to me” and claimed his salary “would not seem so high” given that “they’re shooting at us.”
Typical Florida Family Earned $44,500 in 2009. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income was $ 44,755 in 2009.  [US Census Bureau Fast Facts, accessed 8/25/11]
Typical Tallahassee Police Patrol Earned $45,081. The median police patrol officer’s salary was $45,081 in Tallahassee, Florida 32308. [, accessed 8/25/11]
Southerland Said $174,000 Salary “Not So Much.”  “U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland told retirees Wednesday that serving in Congress is a great honor and privilege, but not cushy job with lavish insurance and pension benefits that many disgruntled taxpayers seem to think it is.  He added that ‘if you took the hours that I work and divided it into my pay,’ the $174,000 salary would not seem so high.”  [Florida Capital News, 8/25/11]
Southerland’s Previous Salary Was $92,000. For calendar year 2010, Southerland reported making $91,917 from Southerland Funeral Homes and Forethought Life Insurance Company.  [2011 Southerland Personal Financial Disclosure, filled 6/3/11]
This is an ironic admission form a Republican because the GOP has been stoking anti-government fires for a long time with the "government is the problem" rhetoric and taxes are too high. 

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