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July 27, 2006

Reichert Considered an at-risk Republican: Gets Help in Moving Legislation

Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner meets weekly with the staffers of 12 vulnerable Republicans to strategize how to use the legislative process to assist these candidates, one of whom is Dave Reichert.  The Hill News says:

The weekly gatherings are an opportunity for the leader’s staff to walk the rank-and-file staffers through the upcoming agenda and hear from the offices about the political climate in some of the party’s most competitive districts. The member input provides insights and intelligence from campaigns across the country that leaders can use to influence their legislative agenda and strategy during a bitter election year.

The article then quotes Kevin Madden, Boehner spokesman:

“We make every effort to work with key staff in these offices to sync up our legislative and communications offices so they have the very best access and the very best information about what issues the conference is working on and how we can help them message with constituents back home,” Madden said of the outreach effort with Republican incumbents in difficult districts.

Any surprise that fake-moderate Reichert's votes in the last couple months have been more in line with the views of his truly moderate district, as with his latest vote on stem cell research?  Or that he finally roused himself to act on the Homeland Security Interoperable Communications bill that the Republicans have been sitting on for years and that Reichert has been sitting on since he was appointed Chairman of a subcommittee dealing with Homeland Security last year?

UPDATE:  I found that article yesterday although it was written several weeks ago.  Then I note that Goldy has a post pointing to a later, related Hill article, entitled "Legislating for November".  Patrick O'Connor, author of both articles, says: 

The House GOP leadership is helping Republican lawmakers who have tough reelection battles by letting them take the lead on more legislation.

Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) was quick to congratulate freshman Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) yesterday after the House approved his bill to improve communications between emergency first responders.

“Representative Reichert should be commended for his work to ensure our first responders have the tools they need to continue to keep our nation safe,” Boehner said in a statement released by his office right after the House passed the freshman Republican’s bill, 414-2.

Several other Republican legislators who are also in tight races introduced legislation the same day.  There are very few weeks left between now and the election when Congress will be in session so they have to act now to help these guys.  Yet another reason to get the reins of government out of their hands come November.  This is not my idea of democracy. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on July 27, 2006 at 10:18 PM in Candidate Races | Permalink


Why would Reichert wait so long to introduce a bill that eventually passes 414-2? Why wasn't this done sooner?

Well, we all know why of course.

Posted by: Daniel K | Jul 28, 2006 12:07:30 AM

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