Over the past few weeks, we’ve been leading the charge demanding answers from the Steering Committee members as to why they purged conservatives from some key committees. Politico decided to illicit some responses from individual members and staff, and came back with some interesting tidbits. Here is what one member, Lynn Westmoreland, had to say:
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative who is close to party leaders, told them that “the a—hole factor” came into play in the Steering decision.
“He said that it had nothing to do with their voting record, a scorecard, or their actions across the street [meaning fundraising],” Westmoreland spokeswoman Leslie Shedd told POLITICO. “It had to do with their inability to work with other members, which some people might refer to as the a—hole factor.”
Shedd said her boss didn’t intend to call anyone a name and acknowledged later to her that “perhaps he should have said obstinate factor instead and wanted me to reiterate that he did not and would not call another member of Congress an a—hole.”