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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Shadegg May Seek Majority Leader's Post

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Arizona Congressman John Shadegg may become the third person to seek the Majority Leader's post in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Friends and allies were optimistic that Rep. John Shadegg (R., Ariz.) would offer the party a third, more change-oriented alternative to the two establishment figures already in the field: Majority Whip Roy Blount (R., Mo.) and Rep. John Boehner (R., Ohio), chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Neither Messrs. Blunt nor Boehner appears close to the 116 votes needed to win Feb. 2 when party elections are to be held. Mr. Shadegg would start with less support, but with a significant number of Republicans now uncommitted he has the potential to shake up the race, forcing at least a second ballot and greater discussion of changes that many members are demanding.
Mr. Shadegg would presumably gain the support of both Indiana Representatives Pence and Souder. He is an advocate for many of things that both Hoosier legislators support. Shadegg would take the strongest stance among the candidates for Majority Leader in terms of reforming the budgeting process such as reducing earmarking for special projects.

Disclosure: Mitch Harper was one of the "roasters" along with Congressman Shadegg, Congressman Pete Hoekstra(R.,Mich., Auburn attorney Don Stuckey, Fort Wayne developer Zohrab Tazian, and members of the Souder family at a fundraiser for 3rd District Congressman Mark E. Souder last fall.

If the Republicans are serious about cleaning up the corrupting influence of lobbyist money, I think John Hostettler would be a good choice.

I really hate his policy choices, but he doesn't take PAC money I think he has a good reputation for being financially clean.
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