I don't know why the House Republicans have decided to pass over Elton Gallegly to Chair a Committee but I do know that the reason Gallegly gave is not entirely accurate.
Rep. Elton Gallegly said:
Gallegly said he did not ask to become chairman of a full committee because those spots are largely decided by seniority, and other senior House members already were in front of him.
But that isn't entirely true. Gallegly was first took office in 1987. Here are the new chairs of committees Gallegly has served on and when the new chairs were elected.
Natural Resources Doc Hastings elected in 1995!
House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 1989.
House Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith 1987.
So at best Gallegly was tied for seniority on one committee which means seniority played no role. In two other committees he was on the chair will have less seniority.
Other powerful positions:
Speaker John Boehner 1991.
Budget Committee: Paul Ryan 1998!
Armed Services Buck McKeon 1993.
Talkingpointsmemo.com has a great article introducing the new Chairs. Becoming a Chair usually involves loyalty to a party which often involves raising money from special interest groups to help elect other people. Gallegly could make the argument he hasn't played that game well enough but blaming seniority isn't a sufficient answer.
At least he has more class than Rep. Ralph Hall.
What's your thoughts on why Rep. Gallegly won't be chairing a committee?
Maybe his party wanted a commitment that he would run for re-election?
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I will post more when all of the committee assignments are official and public.