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CATCH IT: Newly elected Flint Congressman says Michigan cities "left behind"


UNDATED (WKZO) -- The newest members of the 113th U.S. Congress were sworn into office Thursday, one of which was Genesee County Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint.

With already years of experience in public office, Kildee officially filled the 5th District seat emptied by retiring U.S. Rep. Dale E. Kildee, who happens to be the uncle of Dan Kildee.

Kildee joins a diverse Michigan delegation including U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, who is the longest currently serving member of Congress, and other fellow newcomers like Congressman Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford.

In an interview Friday on Michigan's Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels, Kildee made some affirming points about his upcoming term in the U.S. Congress. Kildee stated that the "problematic" Republicans elected in 2010 will have to work with the rest of Congress in the upcoming year or simply be forgotten. Kildee explained he believes Republicans voted into Congress from the 2010 election are from a far right extreme that "our government is not accustomed to working with".

When asked about the current state of Flint after being named the third most dangerous city in the country, Kildee remarked that he believes the problem stems from "being left behind". Kildee asserted that the reason Flint descended into its current dismal state has little to do with local politics or people, but instead is a problem of the state and nation adopting policies that assume cities like Flint to be "left to themselves". On a bright note, Kildee says that despite the current dysfunctional reputation the U.S. Congress has acquired, he is optimistic about the future because, "We are still the greatest parliamentary body in the world." Check above for full interview.

Michigan’s Big Show can be heard on 590 AM/96.5 FM WKZO every weekday morning from 10-12 pm.