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Bachus and Young Might Face No-Confidence Votes

John Bresnahan writes that the Republican Steering Committe might put up Rep. Spencer Bachus (Alabama-6), who is the Ranking Minority Member of the House Financial Services Committee, for a “No-Confidence” Vote.  The vote would take place today or tomorrow and Bresnahan’s sources indicated that a vote was likely.  Bachus was a proponent of the bailout and has been criticized by many Republicans for his support.  If Bachus received a vote of No-Confidence it would open up the possibility of another Republican member taking over as the Ranking Minority Member of the House Financial Services Committee.  Bresnahan lists Rep. David Dreier (California-26) and Rep. Steven LaTourette (Ohio-14) as two likely candidate, but added that neither Dreier or LaTourette has been interviewed by the committe about whether or not they would want the job.

Bresnahan also adds that his GOP sources have indicated that Republican Rep. Don Young (Alaska) might face a challenge for his position as Ranking Minority Member of the House Natural Resources Committee.  Young is currently involved in numerous federal corruption probes.  It makes it difficult for Republicans to call on Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel (New York-15) to give up his gavel as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for his ethical problems while at the same time letting Young keep his spot.

My two cents: I generally like Rep. Bachus and wouldn’t mind keeping him as Ranking Minority Member of the House Financial Services Committee.  Rep. Young on the other hand MUST GO!  We can’t begin to clean up the Republican Party’s image as long as people like Young are able to keep their committee assignments.  Heck I think Republicans should kick Young out of the Caucus.  I would fully support any member that would challenge Rep. Young for his spot as Ranking Minority Member of the House Natural Resources Committee.  I think Republican Rep. Jeff Flake (Arizona-6) would make a good Ranking Minority Member of the House Natural Resources Committee…