Thad McCotter of 11th Michigan explained last eve his candidacy for Republican House Policy Committee chair, the GOP leadership position given up voluntarily by John Shadegg in his run for leader.
The Republican House Policy Committee was the shadow government place back in the Dem majority days, pre-1994. Gingrich, Armey and crew used it to hammer out positions to use to hammer the flaccid Dems. Of recent times, the HRC has fallen into disrepair, trying to maintain too many positions that are just supportive of the majority offices.
Thad McCotter wants to transform the Policy Committee back into a think tank for the ideas needed in future to guide the GOP in House He says he wants a transformational entity, not a transactional. Thad talks like this. He's 40, from a purple district with lots of union legacies, and is smart, very smart, and very very conservative, though he does not line up with the Pence crew in the Republican Study Committee that Shadegg once ran.