SOUTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN DEFEATED IN BID TO LEAD HOUSE’S “CONSERVATIVE” CAUCUS
By FITSNEWS || U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney was handily defeated in his bid to become chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) – a group of GOP House members who ostensibly hold down the right flank of the badly fractured “majority” party in Washington, D.C.
Mulvaney – who ousted powerful U.S. House budget chairman John Spratt in the 2010 GOP “wave” election – was beaten badly by second-term Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores.
Flores received 84 votes to Mulvaney’s 57 on the decisive second ballot, according to The Politico.
The RSC defines itself as “a group of House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.”
“The Republican Study Committee is dedicated to a limited and Constitutional role for the federal government, a strong national defense, the protection of individual and property rights, and the preservation of traditional family values,” its website states.
All six GOP members of the U.S. House from South Carolina – including fiscal liberals Joe Wilson and Tom Rice – claim membership in the organization.
Flores, 60, will assume leadership of the organization in January.
“It is important that we take full advantage of the RSC’s size, character and the passion of its members to advance our conservative agenda in order to restore America to the ‘shining city on a hill’ that Ronald Reagan envisioned,” Flores said in a statement.
Conservatives within the group voiced their displeasure with Flores’ selection.
According to Breitbart, U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador was furious over the vote – and hinted that it might prompt an exodus of hard line conservatives from the group. Meanwhile former RSC leader Jim Jordan offered a substantially less-than-enthusiastic nod of support for Flores in the aftermath of the vote.
“I was for Mick,” he said.
Flores – who is friendly with several establishment “Republicans” in the House – has publicly said he does not view the RSC as a vehicle for holding the GOP leadership in Washington, D.C. accountable.
“There’s nothing in the mission statement about trying to hold leadership accountable,” he said.
We would respectfully disagree with that statement ….