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February 14, 2008 2:24 PM

Reichert passed over for Appropriations seat

Posted by David Postman

Congressman Dave Reichert was just given the official word that he did not get the seat he wanted on the House Appropriations Committee, confirms his spokeswoman, Abigal Schilling. The seat went to Alabama Rep. Jo Bonner.

That was the recommendation from House Republican leaders and in a meeting that just ended, it was made official by the Republican Steering Committee, which met in the office of Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio.

Politico had the story earlier that Bonner had gotten the nod from leadership.

If the committee follows through with leadership’s recommendation, as is typical, Bonner would be something of safe selection from the field that includes an anti-earmark crusader - Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake - two potentially vulnerable lawmakers - Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and Washington Rep. Dave Reichert - and a member of the leadership - Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Reichert had pushed to be appointed in part as a way to boost his profile in a re-election year.

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