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WE TOLD YOU SO …

While campaigning on behalf of U.S. Rep.-elect Tom Rice (RINO-S.C.) this year, Gov. Nikki Haley told coastal Republicans that the lifelong crony capitalist was a “businessman who will rein in Washington spending,” and “make government smaller.”

“I know what Tom Rice will do,” Haley said in endorsing Rice. “He’ll fight for us. He’ll make sure that he does the right thing and he’ll support us as we continue to fight the issues in Washington.”

Hmmmmmm …

So how is Rice doing?  Well, he has yet to cast a vote on the floor of the U.S. House (he’s still a Representative-elect at this point), however he is already voting for GOP leadership posts as a member of the incoming “Republican” caucus.

And as we predicted, he’s not off to a strong start …

In fact Rice’s first official vote was to help make sure an extraordinarily close election for the top “conservative” leadership post in the U.S. House went to a moderate … not a conservative.  We’re referring to the race for chairman of the Republican Study Committee – and the defeat of fiscal conservative rock star Tom Graves of Georgia by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Why does this matter?  Because the Republican Study Committee is responsible for staking out fiscal ground to the right of the official “Republican” budget.  If it moves to the left, the whole spectrum shifts.

And move this committee to the left is exactly what Tom Rice just did …

On the most recent Heritage Action scorecards, Graves received a 97 percent rating compared to Scalise’s 81 percent.  Meanwhile Graves scored a 95 percent on The New American‘s Freedom Index, compared to Scalise’s 67 percent.

More problematic for fiscal conservatives, Scalise stated publicly that he believed the Republican Study Committee had failed to effectively work with the GOP leadership – and that he wanted to “reposition” the organization so that it could “get things done” in Washington, D.C.

Of course “get things done” is code for conservative Republicans selling out to the GOP leadership … which itself is busy selling out to Barack Obama.

“I suspect this is the start of a pretty pathetic record,” one fiscally conservative Capitol Hill staffer told FITS.

We agree … in fact we told you so.

“He’ll enter the U.S. Congress as one of the most fiscally liberal Republicans in Washington,” we noted back in August.

So far, Rice is proving us right … and proving Haley wrong.

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