August 8, 2011 4:03 PM

S.C. congressmen made splash in debt debate

The approval rating of Congress was in the single digits in late July, and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy was walking — hesitantly, he says — through a Spartanburg grocery store near his home. Gowdy and the three other S.C. freshman members of Congress, all Republicans, had just defied pressure to support a plan by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to raise the country’s debt ceiling. And they weren’t sure how the folks back home felt about their defiance, which, critics said, risked crashing the American economy.

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