While the House Republican Caucus in the Georgia House is picking its leaders for the upcoming session, members of Congress will soon be doing the same. And in the race for chair of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Paul Broun has made his pick between Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Rep. Michele Bachmann:
Conservative Georgia Rep. Paul Broun is backing Rep. Jeb Hensarling over Rep. Michele Bachmann for House Republican Conference chairman.
The endorsement is another sign of the conservative support Hensarling is garnering – Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Spencer Bachus of Alabama have all thrown their support behind the Texan.
“Jeb has been an outspoken advocate for constitutionally-limited government and fiscal restraint long before it was popular in Washington,” Broun said in a statement. “ As a principled conservative and articulate communicator, Jeb has the energy, will, and ability to effectively communicate House Republicans’ policies with the American people.”
It’s a direct brush-back against Bachmann, who is running a campaign based on being a “constitutional conservative.”
I’m not sure how other Republicans in Georgia’s delegation are voting, but I would be surprised if they didn’t back Hensarling, who is more serious about policy and setting forth an actionable agenda for the next two years and has the better record on fiscal issues.