Scott Rigell prepares to go to Washington


by Patrick Terpstra | Follow me on Twitter: @patrickterpstra

Posted on November 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 3 at 6:11 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Scott Rigell on Wednesday was basking in the glow of Tuesday night's big win.

Rigell, a car dealer from Va. Beach, unseated Rep. Glenn Nye (D-2nd D.) and was part of the nationwide movement that swept the GOP into control of the House.



Rigell held his first news conference as congressman-elect with two poster boards at his side.  They were a list pledges and promises to his 2nd District constituents who elected him Tuesday night by a double-digit margin.

"We are the party that's going to lead us to fiscal discipline," Rigell said.

Bringing down the debt is among his priorities and he pledged to "stop the pork," vowing to prohibit any earmark not tied to defense or homeland security.

Rigell said he will work to reduce congressional office budgets and taxpayer-funded direct mail.

"The switch to a Republican majority in the House of Representatives is, in and of itself, a practical basis for entrepreneurs to feel better about where we're headed in the economy," he said.

But as Democratic incumbent Glenn Nye just learned, voters do not allow for much time for results.

"Americans are impatient," said Carol Pretlow, Norfolk State University political science professor. "When they want change they want it tomorrow morning."

Rigell also vowed to only serve 12 years in Congress and to fight for constitutional term limits for all members of Congress.