Michele Bachman Seeks GOP Leadership Slot
Anti-gay Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachman is hoping to ride the Tea Party Express into a GOP leadership position in the new House come January.
The horse race for who will lead the Republicans –and therefore the U.S. House of Representatives –in the next Congress is really more of a horse-and-pony show. Everyone fully expects ranking minority leader John Boehner will become Speaker of the House and his sidekick Eric Cantor will become Majority leader.
But there is some dust kicking up in the jostling over who will become the GOP Conference Chairman. Mike Pence of Indiana was the initial expectation but he dropped out last week. That’s when Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Michele Bachman of Minnesota raced in to fill the slot.
Neither is good on LGBT related issues. Both have scored solid zeros on the Human Rights Campaign’s “Congressional Scorecard” for the past two sessions. But Bachmann is the one with the more agressive anti-gay creditials: In the mid-2000s, as a Minnesota state senator, she spearheaded repeated efforts to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage there.
The position as GOP Conference Chair is the fourth ranking leadership position in the House –behind the Speaker, the Majority Leader, and the Majority Whip. The Chair helps determine committee assignments and set legislative priorities for House Republicans.
-Lisa Keen, Keen News Services