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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dent to Co-Chair Moderate Tuesday Group For Third Term

In a news release, LV Congressman Charlie Dent announced that the Tuesday Group, on a Wednesday, has elected him to co-chair their Congressional caucus for a third term. The other co-chair? Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-8), who is returning for a second term.

What the hell is the Tuesday Group?

The were at one time called the "lunch bunch," and meet weekly in the Capitol basement. Their purpose is to maintain the moderate wing of the Republican Party. According to Dent, “I often describe Tuesday Group as a center-right coalition,” explains Dent. “All of our members share the goal of developing and enacting commonsense policies that support economic growth, reduce the size of government and promote a strong national defense.”

Actually, it is this lunch bunch that served President Bush with his first wake-up call about Iraq, telling him that he'd lost his credibility with the American people. "The word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President. There is no longer any credibility. It has to come from Gen. Petraeus.”

Rep. Charlie Dent has served in the House from Pennsylvania’s Fifteenth District since 2004. He is a new member of the House Committee on Appropriations and chairs multiple Congressional caucuses, including the Cement Caucus, Delaware River Basin Task Force and Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus.

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