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Topic - Fred Malek
OK, mark the date, for it will surely spark an outcry in the gun-control community.
The hot new question in the Republican primary is whether Rep. Michele Bachmann, a three-term congresswoman who has rapidly leapfrogged from legislative back-bencher to tea party superstar, now can make the jump from the U.S. House to the White House — a gap that hasn't been cleared since 1880.
Mr. Malek said the dysfunction in Washington offers a particular opening for a Republican governor to run for president "because it demonstrates how badly Washington is operated and how badly out of touch it is with the American people."
"The vast majority of large and active donors are bothered by the self-inflicted wounds that we imposed on ourselves with the shutdown, and they are not particularly pleased with those who were perceived as the leaders who held to that," said Fred Malek, a Republican Party fundraiser. "Everyone understands that Obamacare is a terribly flawed policy and should not be executed in this country, but at the same time, people thought it was futile effort to defund it. We ought to have core beliefs, but you have to mix it with some elements of pragmatism."