Establishment Tries to Stop Flake Appointment

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Jan 31, 2008 10:08 PM
Most conservatives who are serious about earmark reforms, including yours truly, support Jeff Flake to fill the vacant spot on the Appropriations Committee.

However, a reliable source tells me Rep. Marilyn Musgrave has been "encouraged" to run in order to prevent the  House Republican Steering Committee from having to pick Flake. 

The hope is that Musgrave will be viewed as sufficiently conservative enough to serve as a consolation prize. 

This, of course, is merely a ploy.  Real conservatives who care about fiscal discipline should settle for nothing less than Jeff Flake on the Appropriations Committee.