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  •  Corporate Media Already Softening His Image (none)
    In elevating California Rep. David Dreier as a temporary replacement for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the GOP is turning to a congressman with fewer sharp edges.

    Dreier, 53, a 13-term Republican from suburban San Dimas east of Los Angeles, is outgoing and friendly where DeLay can be prickly.

    Skilled at one-on-one politics - he seems never to forget a name - Dreier maintains a reliably conservative voting record on economic issues and follows the lead of Republican leaders. He never comes off as extreme.

    "When Republicans turn to Dreier they're putting their best face forward, because he's articulate, reasonable and attractive," said Jack Pitney, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California, where Dreier graduated in 1975.

    "DeLay can be articulate, but in the press he shows too much of a hard edge," Pitney said.

    Dreier has a more moderate voting record on some social issues than DeLay, for example opposing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage that DeLay supported.

    He is a frequent face on television talk shows, particularly after serving as one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's top supporters when the actor ran for governor in 2003.

    Dreier remains among Schwarzenegger's top Capitol Hill allies, and on the governor's trips to Washington the two smoke cigars together in Dreier's Rules Committee office in the Capitol.

    "David Dreier is a reasonable conservative who represents his party and the governor in a very thoughtful and credible manner," said Rob Stutzman, Schwarzenegger's deputy chief of staff for communications.

    ....He faced a surprisingly difficult re-election campaign last year when the hosts of a conservative talk radio show in Los Angeles criticized him for what they said was his failure to support tough anti-immigration measures. Dreier has supported President Bush's guest worker program. He won re-election to his House seat with just under 54 percent of the vote, down from 64 percent in 2002.

    A native of Kansas City, Mo., Dreier is unmarried.

    AP

    He also dated Bush's sister.

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Wed Sep 28, 2005 at 12:01:35 PM PDT

    •  Kitty Kelly (none)
      I read about Doro Bush and Dreier in the Kitty Kelly book, I believe.  She managed to escape and marry a Democrat.

      "When you starve the beast, you starve the people. And the bathtub was a reference to New Orleans." -- bink

      by bink on Wed Sep 28, 2005 at 12:06:20 PM PDT

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      •  Yes...David Dated Doro Bush (none)
        According to Kitty Kelley's book The Family, Doro Bush dated Dreier for a year, during which time they never had sex. Kelley says Barbara Bush complained that he "never laid a hand on her."

        According to a February 1995 article in the Daily News Record, the Congressman exhibits a great deal of fashion sense:

        Dreier, who shops at Nordstrom, Brooks and Pin Stripes in Kansas City (his hometown), says, "I don't consider myself much of a fashion plate." On the other hand, he says he never takes advice on fashion, noting that it was his own idea to wear a royal-blue crewneck sweater when he appeared recently on David Brinkley's Sunday morning TV show. As for who he considers well dressed in the political arena, he names Prince Charles, and especially the late Anwar Sadat of Egypt. "I always thought of him as extraordinarily dapper and meticulous."

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        I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

        by jillian on Wed Sep 28, 2005 at 12:08:12 PM PDT

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    •  What is missing there? (none)
      David Dreier is a reasonable conservative who represents his party and the governor in a very thoughtful and credible manner," said Rob Stutzman, Schwarzenegger's deputy chief of staff for communications.

      Is he being paid to represent his party? NO

      Is he being paid to represent the governor? NO

      He is being paid to represent his district, both Repuklicans and Democrats as well as Greens and Communists  and Libertarians, and on and on.

      That his own staff is arrogant enough to neglect this is telling. Usually these guys at least try to maintain the front that they are representing their district.

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