Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11) has quietly left the House Freedom Caucus according to the Political Insider over at the AJC. He assures that it’s not because of political differences. In fact, he still agrees with a lot of their ideology. From the AJC:
“I don’t disagree with the principles and the ideas of the Freedom Caucus, it’s just I felt that I could actually take my principles and values and help lead on the Study Committee at this point,” he said.
It sounds more like that there’s too much on his plate. That’s understandable since he is a member of multiple committees, subcommittees, and caucuses. As he said, there aren’t enough hours in the day:
“I ran out of time. And until somebody puts in a bill that extends the day from 24 to 48 hours, there’s only so much I can do,” he said in an interview.
It seems that Congressman Loudermilk wants to focus his energy where he can make the most impact and apply his conservative principles. I’m sure that there will be calls of #RINO and questioning the Congressman’s conservative reputation, but I believe it’s more about being an effective congressman.