July 28, 2005


Capito's CAFTA vote fuels political speculation (The Hill E-News, 7/28/05)

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's (R-W.Va.) decision to resist GOP leaders' arm-twisting on Wednesday night's cliffhanger vote on the Central America Free Trade Agreement has fueled speculation that she will take on Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who is up for reelection next year. During the last intense 20 minutes of the vote, Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) were at Capito's side pressing her to vote in favor of the trade deal, but she would not budge. In the end, GOP leaders squeaked out a 217 to 215 victory when other Republicans, including Reps. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), who was the lynchpin vote on trade promotion authority a few years ago, and Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) consented to vote yes. A number of yes votes quickly followed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 28, 2005 8:38 PM

Forgive my political naivete but how does a no vote by Capito signify she is going to challenge Byrd? I didn't think WV was protectionist on this issue (but is on steel/coal)

Posted by: AWW at July 28, 2005 9:52 PM

Everyone is protectionist and opposing CAFTA has the added value of anti-Latino thrown in.

Posted by: oj at July 28, 2005 10:00 PM

where is she going to get funds to run on ? not from the national party. expect them to fund her competition in the primaries. apparently the R's who voted no are going to have their part of the highway bill stripped out. good.

Posted by: cjm at July 28, 2005 10:07 PM

A winnable seat matters more--she'll have all the money she wants and W in the state.

Posted by: oj at July 28, 2005 10:12 PM

w will be in the state but he won't be campaigning for her. is she the only reasonable candidate there ?

Posted by: cjm at July 29, 2005 2:04 AM

She's the only major elected R in the state, I believe.

Posted by: Timothy at July 29, 2005 2:49 AM

oh great then, another snowe or collins to dilute the party goals. is there a single instance when this type of senator has actually helped swing an important vote ? of course they vote the party line on innocuous legislation, like putting elvis on a stamp, but have they *ever* voted to help the party on a truly crucial piece of legislation ? i don't know if they have or haven't, but i sure don't remember it.

Posted by: cjm at July 29, 2005 11:34 AM


The GOP was built on unfree trade.

Posted by: oj at July 29, 2005 12:13 PM

in what sense ?

Posted by: cjm at July 29, 2005 1:23 PM

No doctrine was more central to the party than funding government through the tariff instead of taxes.

Posted by: oj at July 29, 2005 3:15 PM

good point, thanks for the explanation.

Posted by: cjm at July 29, 2005 4:08 PM
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