LAWRENCEVILLE -- U.S. Representative Rob Woodall's message to a rotary club this week was his class of freshmen representatives are in Washington to do their job, not keep a job.
"My story here today is that's the story in Washington, D.C.," he said. "I don't care what you hear or read. It's tough to get the truth out."
Woodall, who represents the seventh district, which includes Suwanee, told the Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett at Coolray Field on Wednesday that his class of 100 Republicans out of the 112 freshmen are not beholden to people in Washington.
"When you're surrounded by folks who'd rather do their job than keep their job, you get a different perspective," said Woodall, a Republican.
Woodall, who serves on the House Budget Committee and House Rules Committee, spoke about the FairTax movement, voter turnout, term limits and the national debt before a group of about 15. Woodall said many of his fellow freshmen felt the urge to run for office because their vote wasn't enough to make a difference.
During his primary race, Woodall said the national Republican party didn't want him in Congress, but the fact he won is a point to fact that people still run the country.
What constituents tell him, he said, is to get the boot of the federal government off my neck.
"We'll handle it, just get out of the way," he said.
One of Woodall's most passionate issues is the FairTax Act, to which he was a co-sponsor.
Woodall said the FairTax is "going to save America." He added that the "power to tax is the power to destroy and manipulate." While the movement has slowly gained momentum, Woodall said its success ultimately sits with support from the White House, and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama are both opposed to it in the current framework.
When he was in college, Woodall said he was taught that the House of Representatives couldn't be controlled by Republicans. But that changed in 1994, and now every member is thinking, 'we can throw these guys out,' he said.
Woodall was asked if the passion of those freshmen representatives could fade over several terms. Woodall said it depends on accountability.
"As long as we have accountability every other November, I don't care how long you've been there," he said.