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Scott Perry Sets New Standard for Answering Questions (Audio)

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Lots of members of the House Freedom Caucus, which has no official roster, can be coy about their involvement in the conservative group. Then there's Scott Perry.  

Despite the fact CQ Roll Call has seen him attend several HFC meetings, the Pennsylvania Republican would not confirm to CQ Roll Call Monday night that he's part of the conservative caucus  because the reporter asking the question was not a constituent from the lawmaker's 4th District in south-central Pennsylvania. House Freedom Caucus Member Coy About Membership

Asked whether he thought the group's secrecy was a healthy aspect, Perry disputed the contention the HFC has been less than transparent. "There's no obsessive secrecy," he said.  

When CQ Roll Call pointed out there is no roster of members and the group won't say how many members are part of the caucus, Perry said, "It's nobody's business but our own."  

Asked if his constituents had a right to know, Perry seemed to stumble upon a new standard for answering press inquiries: "If they ask me, I'll tell 'em. Are you my constituent?"  

The Pennsylvania lawmaker brushed aside CQ Roll Call's contention that the press represents a voice for constituents: "Well, you call my constituents and I'll be happy to tell them where I stand," Perry said. "Happy. More than happy."  

When CQ Roll Call tried to clarify that HFC membership wasn't really a stance, Perry made it clear he had no intention of answering the question in a substantive way.  

"I'll inform my constituents," he said.

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