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Buyer's remorse apparent in Elgin as voters question shutdown

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ELGIN, SC (WIS) -

Three years ago, Mick Mulvaney campaigned in Elgin, South Carolina during his successful bid to upset and end the political career of veteran Congressman John Spratt.

"The energy levels are extraordinarily high," said Mulvaney. "The size of the crowds continue to stun me."

Now in October 2013, Mulvaney is part of a Tea Party-fueled rebellion in the US House of Representatives that has helped bring many federal government functions to a halt.

And some who voted for him are having second thoughts. J.C. Farmer says this is not what he was looking for out of Mulvaney.

"No. I think they need to get moving. People are not being treated right, especially all these federal workers who are laid off right now, you know," said Farmer.

Voters in other South Carolina districts -- the 3rd and 4th -- helped add to the ultra-conservative element in the House during 2010. The gridlock and government shutdown now playing out has left people in the Elgin area restless and perhaps ready for change.

"I think people should take their bowl up and vote for new people to get in and new ideas and start getting this country back on track the way it should have been to begin with," said Tom Miller.

"But as people get more knowledgeable and get more educated in this system, the public themselves will get on board and then in the long-run, the politicians who have been fighting and trying to the hold country hostage over this one issue will wind up hurting themselves and their own party," said Harry Smith. 

As we've found the last couple of days since the shutdown began, there is a sense of disgust and dissatisfaction with Congress that cuts across party lines. We didn't find anyone today cheering for the disruption in government we're now seeing in Washington DC.

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