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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
GOP Congressmen campaign online for leadership posts
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Though Friday's elections are closed-door, secret ballot affairs, Republican House members vying for minority leadership posts are going online with their campaign pitches. All week, conservative bloggers -- who have been demanding a voice in this process -- are interviewing candidates via conference call, asking questions submitted by blog readers.

So far, interviews with both candidates for Minority Whip -- Representatives Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) -- have been posted online, along with Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who is running for House Minority Leader. Challengers to those currently in leadership are more popular with conservative bloggers, many of whom have called for a wholesale leadership shake-up after last week's defeat at the polls. Participant Redstate.com has a front page banner urging support for Pence and Shadegg.

Also scheduled to be interviewed was Rep. Jack Kingston, (R-Ga.) running for Republican Conference Chair. Rep. Kingston has gone above and beyond with his online bid: posting a video on YouTube with his reasons for running, and sending the short film to his Republican colleagues "because so many of you guys haven't been returning my calls."


-- CNN Internet Reporter Abbi Tatton
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