Religion writer and blogger Dan Gilgoff snagged some quotes from Ralph Reed on the topic of the building tea party-driven split within the Republican party:
Energized in part by their experience in New York, conservative faith-based activists are now poised to support challengers over establishment Republicans in perhaps a dozen or more GOP primaries next year, in races stretching from Florida to California. “You’re going to see the largest number of competitive Republican primaries since the 1992-to-1994 period,” says Reed, the former Christian Coalition chief. “It’s a sign of a healthy movement.”
But some GOP leaders worry that the growing number of contests between party-backed figures and conservative challengers will create fissures at a time when Republicans are trying to unify and rebuild. That, they fear, could pave the way for more Democratic wins. Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee called a meeting with activists on the right, including religious conservatives, to discuss the lessons of New York 23.
Clay Cox’s campaign letter to House GOP caucus members arrived in the mail. He’s a candidate for speaker pro tem. He wants to impose term limits on leadership positions:
I also believe the public deserves politicians committed to service rather than power. I therefore propose, to avoid long entrenched power structures, that we as a caucus adopt rule changes placing limits of four terms by our caucus for the positions of Speaker and Speaker Pro Tem and Majority Leader.
As your Speaker Pro-Tem, I will ensure that we re-commit ourselves to those conservative principles that won us the majority we are entrusted with; real tax reform that eliminates the state income tax and capital gains taxes in favor of a consumption tax system; base line budgeting, and mandatory sunset and review of bureaucracies. In short, we must get out of the people’s pockets and get government off of their backs.
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