House Freedom Caucus Sticks It to the GOP Establishment

Two conservative House Freedom Caucus members are maneuvering to increase their power over the Republican establishment by seeking the head position of the party’s policy committee.

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert and Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer are interested in chairing the Republican Policy Committee, reported The Hill Thursday. The position is the fifth most powerful in the party and is currently held by Indiana Rep. Luke Messer, who ran for Senate and lost.

The two will need to work out “an accommodation” so they do not appear on the same ballot, Schweikert said, according to The Hill.

Both Schweikert and Palmer pitch themselves as detail-oriented policy nerds who will bring creative solutions to the GOP’s legislative proposals.

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