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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Reichert denied Appropriations assignment

Poor Dave "I need a seat" Reichert is out of luck:
House Republican leaders agreed Wednesday night to tap Alabama Rep. Jo Bonner to fill a vacant post on the powerful Appropriations Committee, according to numerous GOP sources briefed on the decision.

The leaders are scheduled to gather with other members of the Republican Steering Committee in the Capitol suite of Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) at 3:30 Thursday afternoon to make the official selection.

If the committee follows through with leadership’s recommendation, as is typical, Bonner would be something of safe selection from the field that includes an anti-earmark crusader – Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake – two potentially vulnerable lawmakers – Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and Washington Rep. Dave Reichert – and a member of the leadership – Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee.
This news is a major letdown for Reichert's struggling campaign, which was surpassed long ago in fundraising and momentum by Darcy Burner. There have been rumors that Reichert might decide not to run for a third term if he didn't get the Appropriations committee assignment...we'll see.

There simply doesn't seem to be much energy left in his tank for 2008, which makes it hard for him to compete against his highly motivated challenger.

Unlike Dave Reichert, Darcy Burner has a strong work ethic, and that's going to look mighty attractive to the voters of the 8th District in the fall.


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