Sen. Hutchison to seek Policy Committee post
By Geoff Earle
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) has set her sights
on the Republican Policy Committee chair, the No. 4
post in the Republican leadership just a few days
after deciding not to run for governor of Texas.
Shes been thinking about running for policy chair
for a long time now, said her spokesman, Chris
Paulitz. This is something shes solidified.
made up her mind.
On Monday, Hutchison told The Hill she would make her
decision after talking to the current policy chairman,
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.). Im trying to determine the
best place for me, she said, adding that she would
not challenge a current leader who was trying to move
up in the leadership ranks.
Kyl is expected to seek the GOP conference chair next
year, and Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) could seek
Hutchisons current vice-chair spot. Majority Leader
Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is expected to retire in 2006.
Hutchison recently decided not to challenge Texas Gov.
Rick Perry (R), in a decision some have said was a
great relief to the White House. President Bush has
indicated he will stay neutral in the upcoming GOP
governor primary in Texas.