Politico noted that U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, and two other conservative freshmen “are gaining martyr status among conservative activists after they were ‘purged’ from House committees for what they say is a matter of sticking to their principles on tough votes. But some of their colleagues say the trio got yanked by the leadership-driven Republican Steering Committee because they’re jerks – or worse.” In a closed-door Wednesday meeting in which Huelskamp and Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., argued they had been unfairly targeted for their voting records, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., told them “it had to do with their inability to work with other members,” according to a spokeswoman for Westmoreland. Huelskamp told Politico it was a “typical backroom deal.” He lost his seats on the House agriculture and budget committees in the purge.
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