John Boehner Offers Plum Committees to GOP Challengers

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But Boehner's strategy is helping Keown make that promise too.

"We need to make sure we have someone on the agriculture committee who will support the farming community," Keown said.

Local residents like Isaiah Thomas, 68, a Bishop supporter who talks politics with his farming friends, have noted the offer.

"There are a whole lot of folks thinking about it," he said.

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