All’s well within
Democrats and Republicans have chosen their respective party leaders for the upcoming 110th Congress, and for at least one congressman who was unsuccessful in his bid to become Republican Conference chairman, there are no hard feelings.
“While we came up short, 91-to100 [votes], it was a close race, and I feel good about it,” Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston told Inside the Beltway after his loss to Florida Rep. Adam H. Putnam, who will have the task of directing day-to-day operations of the conference office — the organizational vehicle for all Republicans.
“I know many people were praying, especially me — and at this moment of defeat, I’m comforted in a great peace,” he said. “As the old hymn says, ‘It is well with my soul.’ ”