The three newest members of New York’s delegation to the House of Representatives appear to fit the “Main Street Republican” image of the rest of the delegation. The nine Republicans who will represent New York in the U.S. House next year likely will play an important role helping House Speaker John Boehner marginalize tea party dissidents.
Rep. Tom Reed, of Corning, said he sees “a lot of problem-solvers” within New York’s GOP House delegation next year. “Problem solvers” are committed to bipartisan cooperation.
Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, is quoted:
Leadership will be very happy to have New York Republicans there taking votes sometimes that people in other parts of the country would find it difficult to vote yes on, The far-right group that in some cases does look for perfect and will let perfect be the enemy of the good, their voice will be not quite as loud in the next Congress, and I think that’s good for America.
“As a delegation, I think we’re the kind of members that leadership can count on for good government,” Rep. Collins reportedly said. “The far-right group that in some cases does look for perfect and will let perfect be the enemy of the good, their voice will be not quite as loud in the next Congress, and I think that’s good for America.”
Was Tom Reed’s pre-election swerve to the left sincere? Will he now shortchange his right wing supporters who, for no good reason, imagine he owes them allegiance? Time will tell.
© William Hungerford – November 2014