Tea Party Supporters Question GOP’s Appointment Of Rogers


Tea Party supporters question GOP's appointment of RogersSome conservatives are not pleased with their party's decision to name Representative Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) as the next leader of the House Appropriations Committee.

Rogers, who is nicknamed the "Prince of Pork" because of his history of steering Federal dollars toward his home state through earmarks, was pegged as the next chair of the spending committee by GOP House leaders on Dec. 8. FOX News reports that Rogers came close to securing $100 million worth of earmark funding in 2010.

Some Republicans, including Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), believe that the appointment of Rogers will not go over well with most Tea Party followers, who strongly support reduced government spending, including the elimination of pork legislation.

"It's unbelievable," Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, told FOX News in reference to the selection of Rogers. "It's a direct message from the Republican leadership that they don't give a darn about what the American public thinks."

Representative Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), an anti-earmark crusader, received a spot on the Appropriations panel, and he may have oversight powers on certain funds that the committee distributes. The Wall Street Journal reports that Flake's appointment may help calm anxiety among conservatives about Rogers' leadership post. 

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