By Orion Donovan-Smith | The Spokesman-Review 

In an interview in his office at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Rep. Russ Fulcher reflected on what he learned in his first two terms in office and how that informs the kind of lawmaker he wants to be as his party takes over the House majority for the first time since he entered Congress four years earlier.

“You have to be able to work with other people,” Fulcher said. “You can’t throw bombs. Once you go out and you publicly hang a dagger in somebody, you don’t get that back.”


The divide between Democrats and Republicans has widened even in his relatively short time in Congress, Fulcher said.

“The partisanship is more magnified than I ever thought,” he said. “I think the Trump component put everything on steroids. It’s like putting a magnifying glass on whatever issues were there – it just got bigger. And that’s not a criticism of Trump, it’s just the dynamics of the entire situation. It was very, very polarizing.”

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