Scandal-plagued Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) is the target of a bipartisan campaign to pressure the House Republican Steering Committee to reverse their recent decision to place Calvert on the powerful Appropriations Committee. RedState.org reports today that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who backs Calvert, is telling members to ignore the campaign:
According to House staffers, Boehner’s staff is out putting pressure on Steering Committee members to not say how they voted on Calvert.
Two different people tell me the deck is so stacked in Boehner’s favor that even if a majority of the Steering Committee voted against Calvert, he could still get on Appropriations. But, that would look terrible to have a majority vote against Calvert and him still getting on Appropriations.
So, Boehner is pressuring the Steering Committee to totally ignore us.