Rep. Reed Eyes GOP Policy Committee Chair

The following is a summary of the three articles linked after the article.

policiesRep. Tom Reed is one of three House Republican running to be Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee. The Chairman will be selected by a secret vote of the Republican House members today, Thursday, November 13.

According to it’s website, the Republican Policy Committee’s mission is “to serve the nation by working with House leadership, Committee leadership, Members, staff and results-focused outside groups to equip leaders with sound conservative policy research for the purpose of developing solutions to the issues our nation faces.”

The committee’s chairmanship is open since last term’s Chair, James Lankford (OK), was elected to the Senate. Reed’s two apparent opponents are Rob Woodall of Georgia and Luke Messer of Indiana.  Reed and Woodard are Sophomores, Messer is a Freshman.  Woodard, a conservative, worked as an Intern Chair of the massive Republican Study Committee.  Messer started campaigning for this position in the summer, and  Reed is “getting some traction.” Reed supporters includes Rep. Diane Black (TN), Charlie Dent (PA) and Tom Cole (OK) and Martain Stutzman (IN) who has influence in the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

There should be no surprises in the other GOP leadership positions that will be decided today since there are no open seats.

Three Republicans Vying for Chairman of GOP Policy Committee (Roll Call)

LEADERSHIP RACES TO SHAPE UP (Politico)

Lawmakers Select Party Leaders (WSJ)

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7 Responses to Rep. Reed Eyes GOP Policy Committee Chair

  1. whungerford says:

    As Tom Reed is more closely associated with the leadership than his rivals, his election might suggest a GOP move to marginalize extremists.

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  2. Deb Meeker says:

    That seems to be a very broad description of the position’s duties and authority. Could Reed serve on the Ways and Means Committee at the same time? He was ineffectual there, e.g. – the IRS investigation results, or I should say lack of them.
    I can see Reed getting this position, since his unwavering dedication to the party’s demands at the expense of his constituency has already paid off handsomely in campaign financing, and the W&M Committee appointment.

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  3. pystew says:

    One of the articles suggested that Woodard had a slight edge, and an other one pointed to Messer. Of course the GOP had praise for all three. This is of course a partisan position, above and beyond his appointed congressional committee(s). The Politico article mentions this is a “contest for the No. 5 job in leadership” which would be a big deal for each of the mentioned candidates.

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  4. Anne says:

    If there ever were a cautionary Peter Principle tale about to unfold, this would be it. The short phrase “developing solutions” contains it all: Reed has got to be one of the least imaginative and least creative people I’ve ever seen in a position like his–no useful ideas (remember when he sent out the letter “Hey! If y’all have any ideas on how to get the jobs market moving again, send them along to my office!”) no clear idea of how to govern, and apparently no original thoughts of his own, either. That House clown car is just about full to capacity, isn’t it?

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  5. Deb meeker says:

    Yikes. No. 5 in leadership – reminds me of the that quote by Grover Norquist, though he was talking about a Presidential candidate at the time, it fits this situation quite well too in the GOP scheme of things.

    Norquist said “…….We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate. […] Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States [ or in this case Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee]. . This is a change for Republicans: [….].His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”
    Tom Reed certainly has digits, working or not.

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  6. whungerford says:

    House Republicans elected Luke Messer to serve as GOP Policy Committee chairman.
    The Indiana lawmaker beat out Republicans Tom Reed of New York and Rob Woodall of Georgia.

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  7. BOB McGILL says:

    you guys need to find a productive hobby 😛

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