Hope fading for Jack Kingston in House Appropriations bid

Things aren’t looking good for U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s bid — backed by movement conservatives, the Wall Street Journal and some tea party groups — to become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Just posted by Politico.com:

Tea party favorite Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) said Monday that Republican leaders haven’t shown strong support for his bid for the Appropriations Committee chairmanship. That makes his selection by the GOP steering committee at a meeting Tuesday afternoon unlikely.

If Kingston loses to one of the two remaining establishment front-runners, he will be the second tea-party-endorsed member to lose a bid for a top position in the past few weeks. Tea party icon Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) dropped her campaign for the Republican Conference chairmanship in November.

Moreover, tea party forces appear to have split their support. From The Hill:

A new letter from the Tea Party Express endorses Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) to be the next chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and reveals that the movement is split on the race.

The Tea Party Patriots have been pushing Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) for the spot, which is also being sought by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.)

In a letter released by Lewis’s office Monday, Sal Russo, co-founder of the rival Tea Party Express, urges House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pick Lewis.

“As a founder and chief strategist for the Tea Party Express, we looked for candidates across America who are committed to ending the culture of spending in Washington and bringing back fiscal sanity. To win this battle to shrink government and stop spending our children’s legacy, we must turn to the people in Congress who can get the job done” Russo wrote on Dec. 3.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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6 comments Add your comment

SpaceyG on Twitter

December 7th, 2010
1:19 pm

I bet those GPA folk are soooo wishing they hadn’t blown all that cash on that mediocre Sonny portrait now.

Just Nasty & Mean

December 7th, 2010
2:17 pm

Folks—listen to this left wing crap the liberals call “journalism”:

“…the (Tea Party) movement is split”
“…the rival Tea Party Express”
“…the second Tea Party endorsed member to lose”

Even a BLIND MAN can see the blatant bias and anti-Tea Party undertow in what you write.

We’re having fish tonight. Maybe I’ll use my neighbor’s AJC for fishwrap.

Legend of Len Barker

December 7th, 2010
4:26 pm

Finally, the GOP shows a little bit of sense.

I’m from Kingston’s district. I know full well what agenda he runs and it’s one quite counterproductive to the people he serves. Kingston seems to think his district is anything but the poorest in the state in terms of per capita income.


December 7th, 2010
6:14 pm

JN&M: The statements you quote are simple facts. Firstly, the Tea Party “leaders” have said many times that their movement is designed to be decentralized, unlike a traditional party. Therefore, it is expected that different Tea Party groups might split on endorsements from time to time, which they have, in fact, done in this case.

Secondly, different factions within the Tea Party are, in fact, vying with each other for attention and authority as the “real” party, so there is sibling rivalry between the groups. Tea Party Express and Tea Party Patriots are different groups funded by different people, and both compete for the spotlight and influence.

Thirdly, since two of the three people running for the position will lose, and two of the three people are “endorsed” by the tea party, then at least one “tea party endorsed” candidate, in fact, will lose. There is no way for both “endorsed” people to win.

The omega 3 oils in fish can be beneficial for vision. Perhaps they will assist you with future readings of the paper.

Silent Jay

December 7th, 2010
11:45 pm

I’m shocked. You can’t read about Kingston in any Georgia rag without the the “powerful” appearing in front of his name. It’s just that he’s a big deal here and not in Washington–where we need him to be a big deal.

Business as usual. Jerry Lewis. In the US Attorney scandal in the waning years of the Bush Administration (but that’s redundant, isn’t it…), one of the 8 fired US Attorneys, the woman in San Diego–a Republican appointee–was about to indict Lewis on bribery and malfeasance. She got Duke Cunningham and was about to nail Lewis when Alberto Gonzales fired her. What a coincidence.

Right now, I don’t know which is worse: the Democratic culture of incompetence or the Republican culture of corruption.

Ghetto Grandpa

December 8th, 2010
8:29 am

Best news I’ve heard all week.