WARRENTON, GA -- A conservative congressman got a remarkably friendly greeting from constituents during a public meeting in Warrenton Thursday. Despite that, US Rep. Jody Hice departed before the event concluded, leaving some constituents feeling shortchanged.
Hillary Clinton won Warren County by more than 13 percentage points in November.
Hice has loudly cheered on the repeal of Obamacare – and voted for the GOP’s replacement plan last week. Hice briefly talked up the GOP replacement during his mostly upbeat conversations with residents. Hice's 10th congressional district dips into 25 Georgia counties. About fifty residents attended the Warrenton event, giving him a mostly friendly reception.
Protesters, who have attended events attended by other members of Congress like Sen. David Perdue, steered clear of this event.
"We’re gonna have to slip out but thanks for having us," Hice said at one point. Several minutes later, he exited through a side door as somebody else spoke to the crowd.
"We’re running out to to see the timber industry," Hice told us. "We're all throughout the district."
"I was just very disappointed that he took no questions," said Nicki Goodwin, who had driven from Athens to sound off to Hice about health care. "I just wanted to have a civil discussion."
"We've been very well received and people have been appreciative we’re standing for the values that are important to us," Hice said in an interview.
Hice says his visits with constituents have stayed civil – in a district that’s loaded with friendly territory. He ran unopposed for re-election in 2016.