PI Original Adam Doster Wednesday February 18th, 2009, 9:22am

Hill Reporter Repeats Roskam "Centrist" Myth

Last week, Hill reporter Reid Wilson wrote that Rep. Peter Roskam “come[s] from a more centrist wing of the party,” a notion we quickly rebuked. Yesterday, a different Hill staff writer, J. Taylor Rushing, used literally the same language in an article on Roland Burris...

Last week, Hill reporter Reid Wilson wrote that Rep. Peter Roskam “come[s] from a more centrist wing of the party,” a notion we quickly rebuked. Yesterday, a different Hill staff writer, J. Taylor Rushing, used literally the same language in an article on Roland Burris:

Two prominent Republicans are also weighing getting into the race. GOP Reps. Mark Kirk and Peter Roskam are proven fundraisers who come from a more centrist wing of the party, critical for any Republican to win statewide in Illinois.

Here’s a tip for Rushing and Wilson: do a little research next time. According to the well-respected Poole-Rosenthal ideological scoring system for the 110th Congress, Roskam was the 66th most conservative member of Congress. He’s no “centrist.”

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