…Weepy McDrunky finally appointed one woman to chair a committee:
After days of pressure from Republicans and Democrats alike, House Republican leaders finally put a woman in charge of a committee Friday afternoon. But if Speaker John Boehner and the rest of the House leadership thought choosing Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) to lead the House administration committee — making her the sole female committee chair in the House — would put the issue to bed, they appear to have been mistaken.
So, who is Candice Miller who gets to be the GOP’s Smurfette?
As the nation’s war with Iraq unfolds, freshman U.S. Rep. Candice Miller may be a visible and familiar source of information.
Miller, R-Mt. Clemens, is one of a group of lawmakers participating in a “war room” that will provide information from the Bush administration to other Republican members, the news media and constituents. Miller and the others are on “a short list to call” to go on radio, talk shows and talk with reporters, said Melissa Mazzella, Miller’s press secretary.
National defense is a top issue for Miller. She is the sole freshman in the war room and Michigan’s only member on the House Armed Services Committee. She’s also one of two freshmen on a House GOP tax dividend working group. The group is working to push for President Bush’s proposal to make corporate dividends tax-exempt.
You might also remember Miller from the Tom Delay ethics investigation: she was one of his minions that would take commands from The Bug Man when he needed to strongarm his caucus members to vote as he dictated, by using threats or bribes. She was admonished by the GOP-lead ethics panel, which must take some doing.