"Fred Upton's voting record, his complicity in conspiring with [former White House Chief of Staff] Rahm Emanuel in the promoting of Obama's agenda, the last thing you do with someone like that is give them a promotion."—ALG President Bill Wilson, from Washington, D.C., newspaper POLITICO.
November 11th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson sent a letter to each newly elected Republican Member of the House urging them to oppose Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) as Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
In his letter to the new Members, Wilson highlights Rep. Upton's voting record as conflicting with the new Republican agenda. "Fred Upton's voting record on key issues demonstrates his destructive support for the bailouts, the stimulus, and job-crippling green legislation that sends American jobs overseas. This combined with his opposition to repealing ObamaCare make him particularly unsuitable to Chair the one committee with primary jurisdiction over many of the most important issues facing our nation," Wilson wrote.
In his letter, Wilson reminded the Members about the importance of electing committee chairs who represent the values of limited government, the platform that got them elected to the majority Nov. 2.
"As a newly elected member of Congress, you have a unique opportunity to let Republican leadership know that you want an Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman who agrees with the basic limited government ideas that brought about the greatest Republican victory in the House of Representatives since 1894," wrote Wilson.
He finished his letter with this, "The entire direction of the next two years is being set during these organizing meetings, and Americans for Limited Government strongly encourages you to not allow this historic opportunity to get lost before you are even sworn in."