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Shadegg gains some momentum
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The vote for the new Majority Leader in the House was considered by some in the race to be all but in the bag.

But not so fast:
Arizona Rep. John Shadegg's longshot bid to become the No. 2 GOP leader in the House got a boost Thursday when he was endorsed by the leader of a group of more than 100 conservative lawmakers.

"We need leadership with the energy and vision to steer this Congress back to our roots of fiscal discipline, limited government and traditional values," said Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

More than one-half of the 110-member committee had endorsed a candidate in the race to succeed Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, as majority leader.

About 40 had endorsed the acting majority leader, Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the front-runner. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, who claims more than 40 public supporters, counts about 15 members of the study committee in his camp.
Now it is clear, by this, that there are many Republican members of Congress who are now stepping forward to make it known that business as usual is not an option as far as they're concerned, and apparently they consider Blunt to be just that. So they're beginning to speak out for Shadegg, who is the candidate most unlike Blunt and DeLay and who promises real change (of course if he wins, he has to deliver, which is the hard part).

This is an important endorsement, folks. Keep your fingers crossed and hope you don't have to lick fireants off a stick on Feb 2nd.

UPDATE [Jon Henke]

The Corner is keeping up with additional endorsements. Add these to the list:

Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL)

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich

Reps. Charlie Bass and Jeff Flake:
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Previous Comments to this Post 

"Shadegg gains some momentum"
That’s real good. Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Pence endorsed Shadegg last week, prior to the blogger conference calls. Shadegg is still at about 10 public endorsements, not far ahead of this point last week. He’s not releasing his endorsements, but one suspects that might be due to a lack thereof, rather than a strong personal conviction.
Written By: Jon Henke
I heard back from my rep Tom Latham R-Iowa yesterday, he said he was voting for Goelner for various non reasons. I guess it’s better than Blount
Written By: DLoy
So they’re beginning to speak out for Shadegg, who is the candidate most unlike Blunt and DeLay and who promises real change (of course if he wins, he has to deliver, which is the hard part).
1994 was the first and last time I made a political contribution.
Written By: tom scott
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I am writing my congresscritter at this precise moment. It’s not so much an endorsement of Shedagg, but an endorsement of his policies. Again, if he doesn’t follow through, they might as well get Pelosi as their leader.

But, since I can’t bitch unless I try, I’m writing a letter. Congressman Adam Putnam usually is pretty good about sending responses (or at least his staff does).
Written By: Robb Allen (Sharp as a Marble)
I emailed, called and faxed Nathan Deal - R - GA. No response as yet. The folks at his local office in Gainesville, GA said they do not believe he has decided who to support.

I’ll post if/when I get any response.
Written By: meagain
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I have contacted Pete Sessions (TX) numerous times and he seems to fear that a vote for Shadegg will increase Blunts chances. I have related multiple times that this won’t cut it, and he and all other "conservatives" should pay attention to what the public is screaming for. Publicly supporting Shadegg will get the ball rolling.
Written By: Mark Cancemi
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It is in the self interest of the GOP that they not pick one of the 2 liberals running against him. To stay in power all the DeLay liberals need to be purged.
Written By: JommacDougal
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It is important to the whole Republican Party, not just the lower house, that the 2 left wingers running against him not be elected. It was only 14 years ago that we had a left wing Republican incumbent President get destroyed in an election; getting barely 33% of the votes!
If Shadegg is beaten by one of the liberals the House will likely fall to the Dems in the Fall. I quote from today’s Merky Noise

“If Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, a leading proponent of starting an official impeachment inquiry, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., would become chairman of the House committee that could pursue it.”

If Bush is half as smart as he thinks he is he will get his people behind Shadegg. Or after the Americans replace the liberal Republicans with Democrats, he will spend the last 2 years of his Presidency fighting of impeachment proceedings.

Note to Easterners. Westerners refer to the San Jose Mercury News as the Merky Noise – for obvious reasons.
Written By: Rodney A Stanton
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I asked my pathetic leftist Republican rep (Leach-IA) to support Shadegg but the odds of that happening are the same as MK discovering rational thought.

Written By: Unknown
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the odds of that happening are the same as MK discovering rational thought.
One could argue that MK is rational about his irrationality - so perhaps you have a chance! Granted, not a great chance, but a chance ;-)
Written By: meagain
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The response from my congresscritter wasn’t happy
Dear Mr. Allen:

Thank you for your recent correspondence in support of the candidacy of Arizona Congressman John Shadegg for Majority Leader. I appreciate hearing from you.

As you may already know, there are currently three Republican candidates running for House Majority Leader: Representative Roy Blunt (MO-7), Representative John Shadegg (AZ-3), and Representative John Boehner (OH-8). All three of these men are of fine character and would provide excellent leadership for the House Republican Conference as we set forth our new legislative agenda for the remainder of the 109th Congress. I have publicly announced my support for current Majority Whip Roy Blunt, who I believe has the most experience to lead, while remaining low-key, thoughtful and deliberative.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your views. If you are experiencing difficulties with a federal agency, are interested in legislation that is pending before Congress or merely wish to express your opinions, please visit my website at

May God continue to bless America.


Adam Putnam
Member of Congress
Otherwise, my congressman (who has a little Abramoff on him as well) wants to keep things the way they are.

While I’ve liked most of Mr. Putnam’s positions, it’s time to start considering other options when I go to pull the lever next time.
Written By: Robb Allen (Sharp as a Marble)

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