Back of the Line, Buddy

Members skeptical of Barr’s claim that he’ll maintain his cmte assignments.

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Sept. 13, 2013, 7:36 a.m.

Former Rep. Bob Barr’s (R) cam­paign is claim­ing that House Speak­er John Boehner has as­sured him that if he re­turns to Con­gress he will re­tain not only his seni­or­ity, but also his com­mit­tee as­sign­ments. Boehner’s staff wouldn’t com­ment, but there are a few skep­tics. One Geor­gia con­gress­man, who asked for an­onym­ity: “It’s up to the steer­ing com­mit­tee, and Bob Barr left the party. And now he’s com­ing back, say­ing, ‘here I am, I want all my seni­or­ity and all back.’ You know, I don’t see the steer­ing com­mit­tee bend­ing over back­wards to ac­com­mod­ate him.”

Rep. Lynn West­mo­re­land (R-03): “He would get his eight years of ser­vice, but when it came to [seni­or­ity on] com­mit­tees, he would be be­hind any fresh­men that have come in those eight years — he would be right be­hind them.” (Na­tion­al Re­view)
Sarah Mimms


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