The Note: Who's in Charge Here?

"I've had a number of people who said, `Geez, you really want to do this, after the way Republicans have treated us?''' Rep. David Obey (D-WI) said. ``Why would we guarantee them this stuff if we take control?''

DeLay:

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have cut their three-year relationship with lobbyists linked to Tom DeLay, including former DeLay deputy Tony Rudy, Bloomberg reports. LINK

Blunt v. Boehner v. Shadegg:

While appearing on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" this morning, Congressman John Shadegg (R-AZ) said he had "a fresher face" and "a more aggressive reform agenda" than either Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) or Congressman John Boehner (R-OH).

Per The Hill, the three candidates for Majority Leader met with reform-minded Reps. Charlie Bass (R-NH) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who pushed them to adopt agendas that would institute substantive changes to the halls of Congress (not to mention the gym). LINK

Blunt appeals to the Wall Street Journal's readership for support in the Majority Leader race. LINK

Shadegg gets some home-state editorial support from the Arizona Republic. LINK

WisPolitics links to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Sensenbrenner's full statement of support for Shadegg. LINK

Roll Call's Mary Ann Akers writes that the Majority Leader race is getting nasty, with one of her sources overhearing a Boehner supporter calling Blunt the "bride of Frankenstein" over drinks at Bobby Van's.

Follow the Leader(ship race):

Blunt's Jessica Boulanger offers her take on the State of the Race:

Congressman Blunt held another successful strategy session with his Majority Leader race whips. They reported that while the media scrambles to fill the need for a daily story, Members are beginning to look past this campaign and on to the first days, weeks and months of the crucial second session of the 109th Congress.

House Republicans have accomplished a great deal, but there's still more work to be done to restore the trust of the American people and refocus on our agenda. And in an election year, it is even more important our team hit the ground running.

On that Note, Roy Blunt turned in today's must-read in Roll Call. (And for all you fiscal policy enthusiasts, check out today's WSJ).

Key graph:

"The Republican majority's goals cannot be crafted in response to newspaper headlines or polling. We have achieved so much on behalf of the American people by leading with bold initiatives - not by reacting with lukewarm, poll-tested plans. I have been privileged to sit at that leadership table as we have built our successful agenda around our core philosophy of limited government that promotes entrepreneurs, encourages job growth, defends the family, and secures our country."

So while we are much too humble to spike the football or dance in the endzone (we bet Steel would if he could!!!), Team Blunt looks forward to the day we can go back to training our sights on the Democrats, not each other.

Congressman Shadegg's Man of Steel writes:

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