I noticed in the paper this morning that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton was absent on the vote yesterday to clear the way for the Delta Queen to ply theMississippi River again. It appears he missed at least one other non-controversial vote. His vote wasn’t important on either, it should be noted.
He had better things to do.
He was the star of a fund-raising reception thrown in Houston by Erika Sather, (CORRECTION: former) development director of the Club for Growth, of which Cotton is a wholly owned subsidiary. A PAC run by Jeb Bush’s son is also raising Texas loot for Cotton. Dinner ticket $2,600. Private reception and photo op $1,000. I wish Cotton would share photos of some of the Texas barons who turn out to stuff his pockets.
Whether the Houston soiree was a CFG event or not, you can be sure Cotton will answer the roll when it’s time to do the Club for Growth’s bidding on shutting down government rather than allowing Obamacare to go forward.
Here’s a Washington Post backgrounder from 10 days ago on how the Club for Greed (as Mike Huckabee calls them) is calling shots in the House now through its tools such as Cotton. I’ll give Cotton this credit: From his collegiate writings, he was over the cliff with CFG type thinking from an early age. His extremism at Harvard was so pronounced you wonder if anybody has looked up the Dardanelle high school paper for any earlier signs.
Side note: A Club for Growth flak was highly offended that I didn’t identify Erika Sather originally as a “former” CFG employee. I did a Google search. The references I saw all listed that position and I still see none about her departure. He wouldn’t tell me when she left. I’m sorry about the error. But the central point remains, underscored by a Tweet circulated this morning by self-same flak: “Club for Growth Action launches 60 second radio ads and online campaign in #ARSen http://www.PryorForObama.com #PryorForObama” Positions may change, but the Cotton lineup doesn’t.