Social conservatives who dislike Dreier's position in favor of stem-cell research started calling House leaders and members to lobby against him. "We do not find David Dreier representative of the values of conservatives," said Jessica Echard, executive director of the pro-family group the Eagle Forum, which contacted members of the Republican caucus. The House "Values Action Team," a group of GOP members tasked with pushing pro-life/pro-family issues within the caucus, blasted an e-mail to their colleagues alerting them that Dreier was to be tapped as a replacement and underlining his voting record supporting stem-cell research and against the marriage protection amendment.
Several Republican sources speculate that the ambitious Blunt put his allies in the socially conservative groups on the phone-calling campaign, and now that he has the job, won't want to give it back if DeLay is cleared. Now, those are tactics Tom DeLay would approve of.