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U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) has his eye on the chairmanship of the House Science Committee.
It's election season in Congressional districts all over California where 53 seats are up for grabs. But some of those lawmakers are also scrambling for votes 3.000 miles away in Washington, DC. They're trying to move up the leadership ladder.
California loses one powerful Republican leader next year when Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier retires. As a number of other House members step down, run for another office, or are defeated in the general election, several top jobs at House committees are opening up.
A pair of Orange County Congressmen are putting their names forward as committee chairmen, should the GOP retain control of the House.
Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach has a great interest in international affairs. He's been critical of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, saying he heads "a corrupt clique." President Karzai doesn't much like Representative Rohrabacher: he denied him entry to Afghanistan recently.