WASHINGTON — Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona appears ready to get back in
the good graces of Republican leaders in Congress.
Of the four GOP lawmakers stripped of plum committee assignments last month,
Schweikert was the only one Thursday to support retaining Rep. John Boehner as
Boehner was well on his way to winning the speaker’s gavel by the time
Schweikert voted. Still, few would have been surprised if he had followed some
of his fellow disgruntled conservatives and tried to make a statement through
his vote. Breaking with party leaders became part of his trademark during his
first term and endeared him to members of the tea party movement.
Schweikert, however, says he was concerned about starting a family fight on the
first day of the new Congress.