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GOP Congressman Slams His Own Party: ‘Frustrated’ By Deference To ‘Extremes’

Republican Congressman Richard Hanna has apparently grown weary of his own party for its willingness to defer to what he sees as the more extreme voices within the Republican Party.

The first-term congressman vented to the Syaracuse Post-Standard Tuesday, specifically singling out Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) for her suggestion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s aide Huma Abedin be investigated for alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history,” he told Syracuse-based paper.

“We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides…” he continued. “If all people do is go down there and join a team, and the team is invested in winning and you have something that looks very similar to the shirts and the skins, there’s not a lot of value there.”

Hanna added that both parties are to blame for his frustration, but noted that he feels more anger on the Republican side than from the Democrats.

“I would say that the friends I have in the Democratic Party I find … much more congenial — a little less anger.”

(h/t Syracuse Post-Standard)

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