Romney taps Rep. McMorris Rodgers as his House-liaison

posted at 5:03 pm on June 4, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Amongst all of the veepstakes-chatter, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ name has come up pretty regularly. She’s sometimes talked about as a sort of updated Sarah Palin for 2012, with the same Republican-woman appeal but perhaps a bit less of a firecracker. She declared her support for Mitt Romney pretty early on last December, and has since stumped on his behalf fairly frequently. A possible solid and competent choice, but she’s also said that she isn’t sitting around waiting for the VP-call. Even if that’s the case, the Romney camp evidently thinks its been a productive relationship, and has asked Rep. McMorris Rodgers to act as his liaison to the House of Representatives:

McMorris Rodgers will join Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Romney’s point man in the Senate, in leading the campaign’s efforts to coordinate with members of Congress as the GOP presidential nominee campaigns against President Obama.

“She understands the impact of the economic challenges Americans face and the need to put our country on a better track,” Romney said in a statement. “As a member of the leadership team in the House, she will be a helpful partner in our efforts to ensure our focus remains on the critical issue of economic security for all Americans.”

As the vice chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, McMorris Rodgers is a member of the GOP leadership and is the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House. She is responsible for coordinating messaging, policy and logistics for the 242-member GOP conference. …

As liaison, McMorris Rodgers will be responsible for ensuring that lawmaker messaging “is getting to the Romney campaign,” and that members are similarly up to date on the campaign’s talking points, a source close to the congresswoman told The Hill. She will also bring in policy experts from the Romney campaign to meet with members as needed and brief lawmakers on the former governor’s day-to-day activities and schedule.

Looks like Team Romney may be heading in a different direction as far as a running mate is concerned (I’m seeing a lot of speculation around Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rob Portman, and Sen. Rand Paul recently), but I think Rep. McMorris Rodgers will be good with this. We’ve got not just the presidency but Congress to worry about this November as well, and presenting a united front is going to be clutch.


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aqua buddha for vp!

ted c on June 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Never heard of her!

SMACKRUNNER on June 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Does she put things in writing?

DanMan on June 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Romney taps Rep. McMorris Rodgers as his House-liaison

In some places, that will read as a sexual act.

BobMbx on June 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

The lefties can now focus their righteous anger on the woman, maybe accuse her of being pregnant by Romney or something.

Bishop on June 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

She’s sometimes talked about as a sort of updated Sarah Palin for 2012, with the same Republican-woman appeal but perhaps a bit less of a firecracker.

That in itself speaks volumes for me. Can’t rock the boat and all that.

cajun carrot on June 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

You mean a Presidential candidate is actually considering working with Congress? Who does that?!?

txhsmom on June 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Oh,.. and I DOUBT she’s anything like S.P.!

SMACKRUNNER on June 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

You mean a Presidential candidate is actually considering working with Congress? Who does that?!?

txhsmom on June 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Obama, circa 2008-2010 :)

cajun carrot on June 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Might’a been better off tapping Prince Rodgers Nelson.

Lanceman on June 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Smart pick

Redford on June 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

She’s sometimes talked about as a sort of updated Sarah Palin for 2012, with the same Republican-woman appeal but perhaps a bit less of a firecracker.

Sounds like ERIKA JOHNSEN is HotAir’s newest RINO contributor….

idesign on June 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

McMorris is kind of good looking but she’s no Joy Behar.

Bishop on June 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

As liaison, McMorris Rodgers will be responsible for ensuring that lawmaker messaging “is getting to the Romney campaign,”

If such messaging comes from Beohner, will Mitt listen more closely to him than to the people?

Based on Boehner’s attitudes and results to date I shudder.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Obama, circa 2008-2010 :)

cajun carrot on June 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Yes, we have seen the deficit and unemployment numbers.

AndrewsDad on June 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Sounds like ERIKA JOHNSEN is HotAir’s newest RINO contributor….
idesign on June 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

If I didn’t know you better I’d think you were joking.

Buy Danish on June 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I’ve never heard of her, but her lifetime ACU rating is 93.80%—and that is a good enough introduction for me.

KickandSwimMom on June 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

McMorris is kind of good looking but she’s no Joy Behar.

Bishop on June 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I see your Japanese goggles arrived today.

CurtZHP on June 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

She’s sometimes talked about as a sort of updated Sarah Palin for 2012, with the same Republican-woman appeal but perhaps a bit less of a firecracker.

Huh?

INC on June 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Ya’ll need to watch Sarah Palin: The Undefeated, and also Media Malpractice. Then after you blood stops boiling you can help fight the media bias with any of your liberal friends.

Both are available on demand on Netflix.

kirkill on June 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

This will be a tough job.

Good luck to her.

so-notbuyingit on June 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

“She must be crushed, stupid whore” Biil Maher. I couldn’t bring myself to use the c word in this parody.

2Tru2Tru on June 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

KickandSwimMom on June 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Agreed. Hellooo Mrs. Rogers!

DanMan on June 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

If she’s becoming the House liaison, then maybe that suggests something else for House member that has been working closely with the Romney campaign…

Romney/Ryan 2012?

Gingotts on June 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

She’s sometimes talked about as a sort of updated Sarah Palin for 2012, with the same Republican-woman appeal but perhaps a bit less of a firecracker

….firecraker?…my girl Sarah Palin is …d y n o m i t e…!!!!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

But there’s like a GOP war on women or something…

CycloneCDB on June 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

McMorris is kind of good looking but she’s no Joy Behar.

Bishop on June 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Can’t blame Mitt…I’d tap that too. (ducks)

CycloneCDB on June 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Go Huskies!

LASue on June 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

If I didn’t know you better I’d think you were joking.

Buy Danish on June 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Anyone that doesn’t worship Palin is seen as a RINO to her as if Palin is the be all and end all of conservatism.

With that said, good pick by Romney.

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

She’s an excellent choice for House liaison. For VP, uhh not so much. There’s one guy for Mitt’s running mate that stands above the crowd. I expect Mitt knows this and will likely act accordingly in order to make this an all-Governor ticket … http://bit.ly/qVdDUt

ombdz on June 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Hope she’s cleaned out her closet. If there is even a faint smell of a skeleton in there, ABCNBCCBSMSNBC and the rest of the Obama fan club will find it. And if they don’t find it, they will plant some in there.

Alabama Infidel on June 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Nah. We just aren’t all that fond of buttholes or Paultards.

Lanceman on June 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Anyone that doesn’t worship Palin is seen as a RINO to her as if Palin is the be all and end all of conservatism.
GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Yes, because saying she is “perhaps a bit less of a firecracker” is clearly a diss at Palin./

And she’s an excellent choice.

Buy Danish on June 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Nah. We just aren’t all that fond of buttholes or Paultards.

Lanceman on June 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Nor am I but idesign has a history of calling people that aren’t effusive in praise for Palin a “RINO.”

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

presenting a united front is going to be clutch.

Yes, it will be absolutely KEY. Candidates at all levels need to be hammering home the message that no matter what one feels about a candidate as a person, when push comes to shove, they will generally vote with their party on key votes. We can not afford any more of the “progressive” Democratic liberal policies. They built one of those roads in Europe and we are now seeing where it leads. We can’t afford that. We need to get the economy going and the government under control.

crosspatch on June 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

She’s sometimes talked about as a sort of updated Sarah Palin for 2012, with the same Republican-woman appeal but perhaps a bit less of a firecracker.

Sounds like a rino to me! You won’t see this one extolling
conservative values.

Amjean on June 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Oh Dear—She has to get a new do…I thought that was Amy Klobuchar at first (D-MN) as in (Destruct-MN).

nebraski on June 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

You won’t see this one extolling
conservative values.

Amjean on June 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Sometimes, you don’t need to extoll them. Sometimes you just need to be good at governing by them.

thebrokenrattle on June 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

From the standpoint of experience in the big leagues, Sen. Paul = Geraldine Ferraro.

Call me old fashioned but I remember when we asked our Presidents and Vice Presidents to accomplish a bit more than eye doctor and 18 months in the US Senate before giving out nuclear footballs.

I think Paul as VPNom would be an epic blunder by Romney, especially with so many more experienced and qualified candidates around. My opinion is no way in hell Sen Paul is the eventual pick.

Sacramento on June 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Nor am I but idesign has a history of calling people that aren’t effusive in praise for Palin a “RINO.”

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Someone once called me a wino. I thing it was Buy Pastry.

Lanceman on June 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I hasten to add that I like Sen Paul so far and think he’s a capable hardworking man off to a good start in national politics.

But nowhere near ready for a Presidential ticket yet.

Sacramento on June 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

One out of three not a moderate-to-liberal RINO ain’t bad….

Steve Eggleston on June 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I think Paul as VPNom would be an epic blunder by Romney, especially with so many more experienced and qualified candidates around. My opinion is no way in hell Sen Paul is the eventual pick.

Sacramento on June 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

That’s a very safe bet. And just hitting the news now: Ron Paul delegate disaster in Louisiana.

Buy Danish on June 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Probably a good idea, giving people the idea that Romney wants to work with the House, as compared to Obama who has totally ignored the House since Republicans took control after the 2010 elections. Choosing a woman Republican Rep. also belies the idea that Romney is somehow anti-woman, or anti-working-woman, and choosing a Republican from a blue state might help Romney connect with Independent voters.

If she was first elected to Congress in 2004, McMorris Rodgers has more experience in the House than Michele Bachmann (who ran for President), and an ACU rating of 93.8 would place her as a solid conservative.

This choice would also take McMorris Rodgers off the VP list, signaling that Romney may be looking for someone with more experience and/or “gravitas” for the VP slot.

Steve Z on June 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Had McMorris Rodgers run for Murray’s seat in 2010 I believe she would have won it – and under that scenario, she’d now be very well positioned to be the VP pick.

joana on June 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Given the pathetic, weak-kneed, mealy-mouth, establishment-centric incompetence of Boehner and McConnell, SOMEBODY has to kick-butt and get the House and Senate (non-RINO) Republicans coordinated and effective in supporting Romney. I hope McMorris Rodgers has the balls to do it, since the current pair of Repub Congressional “leaders”, dumb and dumber, certainly can’t do that.

TeaPartyNation on June 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

looks to be missing a hyphen, methinks.

socalcon on June 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM

This choice would also take McMorris Rodgers off the VP list, signaling that Romney may be looking for someone with more experience and/or “gravitas” for the VP slot.

Steve Z on June 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

He’s always signaled that. All this speculation about youthful Congressmen and Senators is just silly imho. He’ll chose a governor or possibly a seasoned Senator like a John Thune (although that too is unlikely. He’ll want someone with executive experience).

Buy Danish on June 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

He obviously hates women.

Grunt on June 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Another good move on Romney’s part. One of the major criticisms of Obama is that he is not engaging with Congress. Here we have Mitt engaging with Congress before he is even elected. He has also picked a very capable person to act as his liaison.

crosspatch on June 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Romney taps Rep. McMorris

He wishes!

Oh wait. Probably not him. That’s probably me projecting.

Mitchell Heisman on June 4, 2012 at 6:48 PM

idesign on June 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

OMG! She doesn’t worship @ the Altar of Sarah! Burn her @ the stake!
///

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Romney taps Rep. McMorris Rodgers
In some places, that will read as a sexual act.

BobMbx on June 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

…was…was she good?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2012 at 7:01 PM

McMorris Rodgers?

Dr Evil on June 4, 2012 at 7:10 PM

She has a little boy with Down’s Syndrome, according to her bio.

kg598301 on June 4, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Looks like a good selection for the position.

a capella on June 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

They’ve been working her up the chain nicely in the past two years. Easy on the eyes, a family woman and a proven conservative. Nice.

FireBlogger on June 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM