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Conservative to give up leadership post


GOP Leadership Fight To Come

Conservative to give up leadership post

When the House Republican Conference holds their organizational meeting next month, Capitol Hill sources say that the Homeland Security Committee will be upgraded from a select to a permanent committee. The lawmaker most impacted by this change would be Homeland Security’s chairman, Christopher Cox (R.-Cal.). Under House rules, Cox cannot continue in his current leadership position as chairman of the House Policy Committee should he assume chairmanship of a full committee.

Accordingly, the stage is set for a battle royal among House Republicans over Cox’s successor as head of the Policy Committee. Even with Congress out of session, Rep. John Shadegg (R.-Ariz.) was busily lining up support for the Policy chair. The son of Barry Goldwater’s longtime political right-hand man Steve Shadegg, the congressman is a past chairman of GOPAC and the Republican Study Committee. Stalwart conservative Shadegg (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 98%) is considered the early favorite over the only other likely contender, Rep. Rob Portman ( ACU rating: 88%), a former aide in the elder Bush’s White House.

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