Senator John McCain of Arizona bucked tradition and injected himself into the business of the House of Representatives today by endorsing Representative John Shadegg for House Majority Leader. Apparently, the lure of the fisheye lens was too great.
Although McCain has at times bucked the GOP (most notably on campaign finance reform), Shadegg welcomed the endorsement from his home-state senator.
“I appreciate having Sen. McCain’s support today because he is a long-time advocate of reform in this area,” Shadegg said. “Neither of us discovered this issue in the past few weeks or months. Both of us understand that real reform means more than tightening bureaucratic rules, it means fundamental changes to the way Congress does business.”
McCain joined Shadegg for a joint news conference this afternoon in the Capitol. They spoke about the need to enact earmark reform — an issue President Bush addressed last night in his State of the Union address.
This makes me wonder if Shadegg is actually the best guy for the position.
Oh, and if you’re keeping score, that’s 59 poses in front of the camera for McCain, 75 poses for Sen. Chuck Schumer. The race is on!