Jonathan Strong has the details. Bob Barr had claimed that Speaker John Boehner gave him “his blessing” for his congressional run in the 11th.
That was a surprise to Georgia’s congressional delegation.
One of them spoke to National Review and gave this quote:
“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,” says a current Georgia congressman, who asked that his name not be used.
Lynn Westmoreland was willing to go on the record that Barr would get his seniority back, but would be behind anyone who has been there in the past eight years. Jeff Breedlove, however, stands by the claims that Speaker Boehner has “privately assured Barr he would help him secure his previous committee assignments.”
Of course, there is a difference between getting back on old committees and getting back seniority.