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What makes these members of the US House a worthy gang of 8 is not their rise to committee chairmanships. They are worthy because they are the only leaders in the US House who have voted ‘Yes’ on every key vote that the Heritage Action Scorecard and Club for Growth have issued as a ‘Yes’ key vote for the 113th Congress. Now the sad truth is that while the Republicans have a majority in the House, Club for Growth has only issued 3 ‘Yes’ key votes, and Heritage has only issued 2 ‘Yes’ key votes. This debunks the narrative that the House Republicans are a bunch of meanies that only vote on right wing fringe whacko extremist measures. By his own words and deeds Majority Leader Cantor debunks this narrative. He has a vision of rebranding for the GOP.
These eight members and enough like them have thwarted, so far, some of the efforts of rebranding by Cantor. Some of us who are glass half-full types look for some good signs. The future leaders of the Republican House Conference is going to come from these who succeed in advancing to chairmanships, and not from the backbenchers. We need to elect more like them to follow their lead.
Listed below are the 3 Club for Growth key votes and the 2 Heritage Action Scorecard key votes.
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