Instead of putting Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.), who has challenged earmarks on the House floor again and again and had campaigned for the slot, the 27-member House Republican Steering Committee chose the "proud" earmarker Rep. Jo Bonner (R.-Ala.).
On Bonner's congressional website, he explains the earmarking process and says, "I am proud of our accomplishments in steering funds through this method to many worthy south Alabama projects."
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