Last week, Hefley was one of just three members of the House of Representatives to vote against a resolution honoring Sargent Shriver for his service to the United States.
Shriver, the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the father-in-law of newly elected California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, was honored for a lifetime of public service that has included being president of the Chicago Board of Education, serving five years the Navy, founding and directing the Peace Corps, and helping establish programs such as Head Start and Legal Services.
He was also appointed ambassador to France in 1964, was the vice presidential candidate for the Democratic Party in 1972, and headed the Special Olympics.
The bipartisan resolution, which passed 325-3 on Nov. 17, honors Shriver for "his lifetime of work acting as an ambassador for the poor and powerless citizens of the United States [and] for his steadfast dedication and lifelong service to his country."
In addition to Hefley, Reps. Sam Johnson and Ron Paul, both Republicans from Texas, also voted against the resolution.
Hefley, who rarely speaks in public and refuses to speak with the Independent, has issued no statement explaining his vote.
Meanwhile, a spokesman offered an explanation on behalf of Rep. Paul.
"He voted 'no' simply because Sargent Shriver sort of worked for left-wing, big-government causes his whole life," said Paul's spokesman, Jeff Deist. Shriver "is a George McGovern, left-wing liberal who wanted to expand government, and that's not the kind of person my boss thinks Congress should be honoring."
-- Terje Langeland