It is a measure of how concerned Republicans are about the recent House special election losses in Illinois and Louisiana that Vice President Dick Cheney will be traveling to Mississippi next week to participate in the get-out-the-vote effort for Greg Davis.
Davis, the Republican mayor of Southaven, Miss., is facing a tough fight with Democratic Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers in the May 13 runoff vote in the special election to succeed former Rep. Roger Wicker in the state’s First Congressional District.
“This seat is a very important one,” Cheney told Mississippi radio host Paul Gallow during an on-air interview this morning. “It’s been in conservative hands for a long time, and we’d hate to see the liberals gain control.”
House Minority Leader John Boehner, meanwhile, took the unusual step of pledging to help secure Davis a seat on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee if he wins.
“Representation on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee is important for the thousands of brave men and women in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District who have served this country, and I look forward to working with Greg, the Republican leadership and the members of the Steering Committee to make this happen at the earliest possible opportunity,” the Ohio Republican said.
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