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  Castle takes on GOP leaders
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Last EditedRP  Jan 27, 2003 08:43pm
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News DateTuesday, January 28, 2003 02:43:18 AM UTC0:0
Description Delaware Rep. Mike Castle is challenging Republican House leaders to stop what he sees as an intimidation campaign aimed at silencing GOP moderates.

Castle said he is particularly outraged that a political action committee run by DeLay contributed $50,000 to the Club for Growth, a conservative group that has tried to oust moderate Republican incumbents, including Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, R-Md. The group helped finance Ann D. Tamlyn to run against Gilchrest in the Republican primary last fall. Gilchrest won both the primary and the general election.

Castle also is angered by GOP leaders' recent decision to pass over moderates next in line for powerful committee chairmanships that steer environmental policy and lead efforts to improve government.

Moderates say they were slighted when pro-environment Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J., was passed over in favor of conservative rancher and Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., as chairman of the House Resources Committee. Pombo is an outspoken critic of environmental regulations and does not support many of the wetlands protection laws that affect Delaware and Maryland.

Also, Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., who led successful efforts last year to pass a sweeping campaign finance reform bill, was punished for championing that cause, Castle said. Shays, whose reform efforts were opposed by GOP leaders, was denied chairmanship of the House Government Reform Committee.
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