Mike Rogers of Anniston narrowly won a seat to congress as a Republican in the 2002 general election. He got 50.3 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat Joe Turnham of Auburn.
But after 19 years in Washington I have no idea what he has ever done. He is certainly not among the GOP’s leadership.
For instance, Elise Stefanik represents New York’s 21st congressional district. She was elected in 2014. Yet she was recently elected to the No. 3 position in the Republican caucus Compare this to Rogers who has served a decade longer than she has.
Given that he is basically out of sight and out of mind, I was surprised to read a recent news report where Rogers talks about why he did not support the effort to create a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 on the U.S. Capitol.
According to The Birmingham Watch, Rogers said in a statement: “I cannot vole in favor of a partisan commission that will not look at all political violence against Members of Congress and Capitol Police.” Apparently someone forgot to point out to Rogers that the bill he claims is “partisan,” has five members appointed by Republicans and five appointed by Democrats and was agreed to by Congressman John Katko who was the chief negotiator for the GOP.
Rogers continued, “For example, on June 14th, 2017, several of my colleagues, including Steve Scalise, were nearly assassinated at a Republican Congressional baseball practice by a radical ideologue. On April 2nd, 2021 Police Officer Billy Evans was killed in an attack at the Capitol by another extremists. Yet neither of these horrific attacks of political violence would be investigated under this legislation.”
So there you go. Someone pulling a gun at a baseball practice is the same as hundreds of rioters attacking democracy by storming the U.S. Capitol, ransacking the place and trying to gain access to the House and Senate chambers while the vote from November’s presidential election was being certified.
Congressman, I ain’t buying it. You are comparing the crash of a small, single engine plane with only the pilot on board to the crash of a giant commercial airliner with 250 people inside.
No, the truth is that Rogers is toting water for Donald Trump. Just as he was last December when he was one of the 126 Republicans who signed an amicus brief in support of the state of Texas suing the state of Pennsylvania contesting the results of the Nov. 3 election in the Keystone state.
Which leads one to ask, how many folks in Texas does Rogers represent?
We should also ask him why he is really opposed to finding out the truth about Jan. 6 but has not said one word about his Republican colleague from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, comparing wearing a face mask on the floor of Congress to the murder of 6 million Jews during the holocaust.
When the vote was held on the bill to form a Jan. 6 commission, Republican John Katko asked other Republicans to set aside politics, “just this once… I beg you…and pass this bill.” But Rogers did not listen to Katko and put out a statement, that is not truthful, about why he was opposed.
Yet he has remained quiet as a church mouse when it comes to condemning Marjorie Taylor Greene for one of the most ludicrous tales to ever be uttered by someone in Congress.
So when a commission is proposed to get to the truth about Jan. 6 Rogers is OK with blowing it off with a falsehood of his own, which I suppose explains why he is doesn’t care that Greene is also making up stuff. Can you say “birds of a feather?”
It is easy to see why Rogers has not climbed the leadership ladder in nearly two decades in Washington. He is not a leader. And apparently a follower of some very dubious folks as well..