Washington news website The Hill has put one of North Carolina's newest Congressmen on a list of 10 freshmen it says could "trouble" Republican leaders.
Representative-elect Mark Walker of Greensboro is listed at No. 4 alongside Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia freshman who pushed state legislation to ban illegal immigrants from accessing water and sewer services. Also on the list is Rep.-elect Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, who says the U.S. should eliminate Kwanzaa and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The Hill offered one reason for putting Walker on the list: "Walker generated headlines by suggesting that the U.S. invade Mexico to limit the stream of undocumented immigrants crossing the southwestern border."
Walker made the comments during a tea party forum and later said he was referring to military action against drug cartels, stressing that "I'm not looking to go across the border to Mexico."
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Walker is the only North Carolina Congressman on the list. He's in Washington this week for orientation. On Wednesday, he posted a handwritten set of rules for his new role on Facebook.
Rule No. 1? "Act like a Congressman, think like a constituent."