WASHINGTON - Across the country, national parks have been closed as a result of the government shutdown, including the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and that angers Chris Cox.
"I'm here to stand shoulder to shoulder with the National Park Service," Cox said.
But with park employees furloughed, Cox has spent the past several days using his own equipment to keep the Mall cleaned up.
"I think this is a guy who clearly beats to his own drummer," Rep. Mark Sanford said.
Sanford's the congressman from Cox's hometown of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
"I think it typifies or personifies the American spirit, hey there is a problem, the cow is in the ditch, let me try and fix the problem and get the cow out of the ditch," Cox said.
A problem-solving capacity that so far, has eluded WAshington politicians.
"I want to encourage Americans around the country to come together and visit the memorials and visit the parks. and come armed with a trash bag and a rake," Cox said.
Cox is leading the way.
(Copyright © 2013 NBC Universal, All Rights Reserved)