“I’m a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and I was there to make sure that I fully understood all the forces that were in place in Honduras, and also to give legitimacy to the government that had been elected there,” Rohrabacher told the Daily Pilot.
The trip came under fire because it was made in opposition to President Obama’s foreign policy. Generally members of Congress uphold White House foreign policy abroad, even if they disagree.
Rohrabacher’s campaign chairman, Righeimer, who was a city planning commissioner at the time,
said he paid his own way to Honduras and was honored to have been asked to join the congressman.
“A few of us went down and met with and congratulated all the different legislators,” Righeimer said. “We met with the president and all the people that basically kept the government a democracy at a pretty tough time. We wanted them to know that a lot of people in the U.S. supported them. It was a very proud moment to be able to be there and meet these people.”