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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 07/13/2010

Cantor and McCotter talk too much

By Paige Winfield Cunningham

The more talking that Republican Reps. Eric Cantor and Thad McCotter do lately, the more they remind us of their unenviable qualities.

Michigan's McCotter wants to put the kabash on the Republican Policy Committee, saying it's wasting $360,000 on a committee whose function is replicated by two or three other bodies.

It's true. During McCotter's four-year tenure, the policy committee has released a CD recording of members' speeches on topics such as health care, terrorism and taxes (which does not include music although it's titled "Freedom Songs: The American Empowerment Agenda").

This spring, McCotter also released a 22-page brochure outlining his views on what Republicans should support.

And his third accomplishment? Filling the committee's website with links to his various media appearances.

McCotter's trying to spin his suggestion to eliminate the policy committee into the popular "government's-too-big" narrative. But in the process, he's also reminding people that the committee he's headed since 2006 does squat. If he's right that it's a waste of money, $1.4 million has been frittered away under his watch.

Cantor has been rightfully pointing this out. But as Cantor tries to smear McCotter, the GOP whip is also reminding America that he never met a committee or working group he didn't like.

Take last summer's "listening tour" sponsored by Cantor's National Council for a New America that flopped after he launched a series of gatherings across America that began ... and ended ... in Arlington.

And while Cantor asserts the importance of the policy committee now, he's spent the last few years setting up alternate working groups in its place.

McCotter has retaliated to Cantor's criticism by slamming his newest initiative -- the YouCut program he's promoted vigorously (34 press releases issued on it in 61 days) -- and challenging Cantor to turn the suggestions into real laws.

Both would do well to refrain from the fighting that will characterize this November's political bloodbath, which is prone to turn as dark as the crimson walls of McCotter's Hill office.

Paige Winfield Cunningham is an investigative reporter and managing editor at Old Dominion Watchdog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | July 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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I live in McCotter's district. He never intended to cut the spending on the committee. He and Canter's actions were simply the "good cop bad cop" tactic between two good ole boys.

McCotter paid, I mean contributed, $250,000 for his post on the National Republican Congressional Committee and he is not about to give it up. As usual, nothing but pandering from McCotter AGAIN!

Posted by: jneill7854 | July 15, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

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