Flores: Freshman Republicans Want to Go "Outside the Box"

To draw a comparison to his alma mater, Bill Flores is currently attending congressional fish camp.

The newly-elected representative for District 17 was live from Washington, DC on Brazos Valley This Morning Tuesday to talk about his meetings this week as he transitions into elected office.

Flores is joining dozens of freshmen members of Congress as they attend events designed to advice them on setting up their office, learning the rules and hiring their staff. There are also meetings along party lines as each side prepares game plans for the upcoming session.

"Overall, it's been a great experience so far, although the hours are very long," Flores told BVTM. "We typically start early in the morning, and I didn't wrap up last night until about 10:45."

The extended work days haven't been the only issues Flores has faced. His private contact information sent out, along with contact info of others, by Tea Party Patriots, one of many organizations holding events in DC. The group wanted its followers to contact the freshmen and encourage them to attend.

Tea Party Patriots would later apologize, saying they were unaware some of the info was private.

"I just wish they had thought first before they acted," Flores said. "Now that the damage has been done, it's made life a little rougher for those of us that are trying to do the best job we can to be representatives for our respective constituents."

Flores says he's been receiving phone calls on topics unrelated to his transition or District 17, as well as spam e-mails as a result of his contact info being distributed.

One of the concerns of the Tea Party Patriots and others have voiced is that these incoming freshmen are simply being indoctrinated into Washington as it stands now instead of going there to change things as many vowed to do during their campaigns. Flores says those concerns should be put to rest.

"We, as a freshman class, have been getting together -- and that's the reason I was up so late last night," he said. "We had a meeting that started at 9 and went until 10:45, and we talked about ways to do things outside of the box so that we could have an early and significant impact on the operations of Congress and trying to restore the America we all want to see our kids and grand-kids have."

Click on the video with this story to watch the complete interview from Tuesday morning, including Flores' take on the earmark debate going on right now.

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