RedState's Erick Erickson, a good bellwether for conservative purists and Tea Partiers, doesn't like the House GOP Steering Committee's recommended pick for chairman of the Appropriations Committee next year:

John Boehner and Eric Cantor want Hal Rogers of Kentucky to serve as Appropriations Chairman. Hal Rogers is a big spending porker who has been a champion of earmarks. So brazen in his lust for your money, Rogers wants to put a Lockheed Martin lobbyist in as staff director for the Appropriations Committee -- a lobbyist in charge of doling out the dollars.

A mere four months ago, Rogers was named the "Porker of the Month" by Citizens Against Government Waste. In February 2005, the Lexington Herald-Leader dubbed Rogers the "Prince of Pork," calling him "the very model of an old-fashioned pork-barrel politician who builds an empire out of government spending." Rogers pushed 135 earmarks worth $246 million through the appropriations process in two years, ABC notes.

Nonetheless, House Republicans aren't likely to pass any earmarks this year, after passing a voluntary, conference-wide moratorium on earmark requests last month. The party's policy, it seems, would supersede any of Rogers' past tendencies.

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