I just finished reviewing a letter with signatures quite surprising (Both for who signed it... and who didn't sign it) wherein 65 REPUBLICAN freshmen House members, including members like Allen West (Who I have been a personal fan of since his rise) put their names to this missive... a letter requesting the return of earmarks.
Currently, House GOP rules state:
GOP rules state that “it is the policy of the House Republican Conference that no member shall request a congressional earmark, limited tax benefit or limited tariff benefit, as such terms have been described in the rules of the House.” House rules say a bill has to list all of the limited tariff benefits in it or carry a certification that there are no such benefits in it.The "reasoning" of the hypocrites?
That’s where supporters think they’ve found a loophole. The benefits aren’t “limited,” they say, because they don’t specify a particular company. If that’s the case, the bill could move to the floor with a certification that it doesn’t include a “limited tariff benefit” — a nifty loophole just big enough to squeeze thousands of earmarks through.This is the parsing of a genuine slimeball like Tim Leavitt or Steve Stuart. The GOP was supposed to be better than that.
How many of these 65 turn coats ran on a platform opposed to this insidious drug of OUR money?
Who didn't sign the letter?
Our own Jaime Herrera.
How bizarre is that? Herrera, who has shown her politics to be somewhat charitably "malleable." But I reviewed every signature on the letter, a pdf located here, and hers is not on it.
I would have bet my dog it would have been there, and it wasn't. I was, and am, stunned, that one of the least likely people I've ever known to take a principled stand would actually do so against the tide of the rest of her class.
There may well be hope for her yet.
Cross posted at Jaime Herrera Watch.