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