Though he has yet to concede, U.S. Rep. Allen West, a former Army lieutenant colonel and Republican firebrand, narrowly lost his re-election bid last week.
So what’s in the cards for the coastal Florida congressman after his lame-duck duties are done? Sue Everhart, chairman of the Georgia Republican party, said Monday she would love it if West, an Atlanta native and Grady High School grad, returned to his roots.
“I would be glad to have him come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” Everhart told my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy during a discussion about diversity within the Republican party. “I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job. The way he ran his race didn’t in any way interfere with the job he did. He ran as a Republican, a conservative Republican.”
Everhart called the one-term West “one of the finest congressmen this country’s ever had.”
Returns show that West’s Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, edged out the incumbent with a winning margin of less than 1 percent.
In a bid to shore up tea party support within Congress, Washington-based FreedomWorks on Monday endorsed U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, as chairman of the U.S. House Republican conference – the No. 4-ranking position in the chamber.
The tea party organization also backed U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, as chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
“It’s imperative that Republicans in Congress pick leaders like Tom Price with a demonstrated commitment to conservative economic policies that encourage job creation and economic growth,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks. It’s notable that, while the organization cited Graves’ 91 percentile ranking on its legislative scorecard, no ranking was offered for Price.
House Republicans will vote on Wednesday.
Last week, Price offered up this video message to his fellow House Republicans. Many see the Georgia congressman underlining a difference between him and Speaker John Boehner – continued opposition to Obamacare:
The woman Republicans love to hate may be stepping down, the Washington Post reports this morning:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who built and then lost the largest Democratic majority in a generation, is considering ending her historic 10-year reign as Democratic leader after the second disappointing election in a row for her caucus.
… Some Democratic insiders expect her decision by Wednesday, after Congress returns to try to forge a deal to avert a massive set of automatic tax increases and spending cuts.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Democrats are about to filch a Republican idea:
With both parties positioning for difficult negotiations to avert a fiscal crisis as Congress returns for its lame-duck session, Democrats are latching on to an idea floated by Mitt Romney to raise taxes on the rich through a hard cap on income tax deductions.
…The cap — never fully detailed by Mr. Romney — is similar to a longstanding proposal by Mr. Obama to limit income tax deductions to 28 percent, even for affluent households that pay a 35 percent rate. But a firm cap of around $35,000 would hit the affluent even harder than Mr. Obama’s proposal, which has previously gotten nowhere in Congress.
After a big election, there is a tendency even among journalists to curl up into a fetal position and shut down. But the little things – life’s small gifts – keep you going. This, for instance:
Human Rights Watch is pleased to invite you to the launch of a new report, “Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots,” on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Washington, DC.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider