Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-California) wants to replace the retiring Representative Bill Young (R-Florida> as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and he seems to be doing everything short of holding a telethon to get the post. He's doling out money to GOP candidates and orgs, and he is talking himself up bigtime.
Representatives Ralph Regula of Ohio and Hal Rogers from Kentucky also want the job, but moderate Republican Reprsentative David Dreier (R-California) is touting Lewis's conservatism:
"Jerry Lewis is determined to focus on this issue of spending, because we as Republicans feel passionately about the need to rein in the reach of the federal government, and obviously the spending is a very big part of that," said Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, a supporter. "I think he gets kudos for that."We've been over the Senate's methods for choosing a chairman when we were busy cooling of Snarlin' Arlen; it's different with the House. The thirty members of the GOP Steering Committee pick the chairs.