GOP To Create Leadership Position For House Freshman

An interesting item from MSNBC:

NBC’s Luke Russert reports that the new GOP Leadership Team will include a position for a member of the freshman class, according to a GOP aide. Only freshmen will vote on the position, and it was created with the idea of making sure the new diverse and dynamic class of Republican members had a seat at the leadership table.

Sources tell NBC News that Rep.-Elect Kristi Noem (R-SD) has indicated that she has a strong interest in running. Noem, a Tea Party favorite, is seen by party insiders as a rising star.

Noem has served in the South Dakota House of Representative since 2006.

The idea isn’t entirely new. Virginia’s Gerry Connolly was elected the “President” of the Democratic Freshman class in 2009, although that position isn’t formally part of the Democratic leadership in the House.

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  1. PD Shaw says:

    I wonder if this is a move to circumvent a certain representative from Minnesota that has that “crazy eyes” thing going.

  2. wr says:

    Yeah, that position is “go sit in the corner and let the grown ups do our jobs.”

    In other words, the first shot in the civil war.

  3. sam says:

    Let the Great Co-Optation Begin! We Don’ Need No Stinkin’ Civil War!!

    Why am I reminded of something Bertrand Russell said about how they shut up politicians in his day? They got them a peerage, sat them in the House of Lords, and no one ever heard from them again.