Boehner offers plum committees to GOP challengers

ATLANTA (AP) - Deep in rural Georgia, the Republican who may become the next speaker of the U.S. House is playing let's-make-a-deal with voters.

Minority Leader John Boehner (BAY'-nur) promised this week that if southwest Georgia residents unseat Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop, he will support placing GOP challenger Mike Keown (KOW'-in) on the House Agriculture Committee.

It's a promise designed to get Keown votes in a red-soil district that harvests the nation's largest peanut and pecan crop.

As Republicans campaign to win a majority in Congress, Boehner has dangled similar promises in Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota and Hawaii. The pledges aren't unusual in an election year, but they contradict Republican messages about fiscal austerity.

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