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In his stellar cover story for this week’s dead-tree edition of Washington City Paper, Dave Weigel profiles Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who in the event of a GOP victory next month woul’d run the House committee that oversees the District.
The pros: Chaffetz is handsome, charming, and was once a stellar NCAA place-kicker. The cons: He wants to roll back the gay marriage compromise, thinks D.C. autonomy is unconstitutional, and will be motivated to do extra right-wing grandstanding in order to help his likely tea-party-style 2012 primary challenge against Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Chaffetz may fashion himself a political revolutionary, but in inserting himself in local governance in Washington, he’d actually be joining in a long tradition among Congressional bigwigs. To accompany the story, we’ve collected a greatest hits package of Representatives ranting against the city that houses the Capitol. You can see the whole thing here, but in the meantime, here’s a 1993 classic from none other than Tom DeLay: