August 6, 2013 5:59 PM

Kansas congressman defines GOP faction tugging hard from right

When House Republican leadership yanked Tim Huelskamp off the Budget and Agriculture committees last year, some predicted a slow slide into irrelevancy. The 44-year-old congressman from western Kansas lost the coveted spot for refusing to toe his party’s line. But far from suffering a premature political demise, the tea party-backed Huelskamp used the episode to bolster his credentials as an uncompromising Washington outsider.

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