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Westmoreland takes no. two job at NRCC

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Rep. Lynn WestmorelandThe third time’s the charm.

After a pair of unsuccessful leadership bids by Georgia congressional Republicans, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland was on Tuesday named deputy chairman of the national Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of the House GOP caucus.

“Lynn Westmoreland is a well-respected leader in the House, and I’m pleased that he will serve as deputy chairman at the NRCC,” the group’s new chairman, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, said in a statement. “Lynn is a savvy, thoughtful and a hard worker. He knows what it takes to win.”

Westmoreland, who recently signaled to state party leaders he had no interest in primarying Sen. Saxby Chambliss, was an instrumental figure in the recent reapportionment process that gave his Republican colleagues an edge in an otherwise-underwhelming cycle.

The NRCC’s new chairman, Walden, previously held the post to which Westmoreland is now ascending.

- James Richardson

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