– The Herald-Times, Bloomington
On U.S. Rep. John Shadegg:
Anyone ever heard of Rep. John Shadegg? Mike Pence has.
Shadegg, an Arizona Republican, formally occupied the chair Pence now fills as chairman of the influential Republican Study Committee. And it is a measure of the respect and credibility that Pence and the 100-member RSC have gained that the Hoosier Republican has managed to heighten the intrigue over the future of House leadership with his public endorsement of the longshot Shadegg.
Pence seems to understand that his party needs a bit of mid-course correction. By endorsing Shadegg, Pence proclaims, “We need leadership with the energy and vision to steer this Congress back to our roots of fiscal discipline, limited government and traditional values.”
Even if the next majority leader does not come out of the fiscally conservative ranks of the RSC, the betting here is that the emerging victor is going to echo some of those sentiments. That will represent a victory for Pence and his fellow RSC members. If it results in a more fiscally restrained Congress, it can be a victory for all Americans.
– Palladium-Item, Richmond