Tuesday Group chairman: ‘We’re completely relevant’

Tuesday Group chairman: ‘We’re completely relevant’

The Tuesday Group's chairman argues in a new interview that the informal caucus of moderate Republicans is still "completely relevant" in the wake of the resignation of one of its leaders. 

"We've always been relevant because we're the governing wing of the party. Our leadership needs us to get anything done," Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) told the Washington Examiner. 

"Anytime they need to get something done of consequence, we're the people that are seen as the ones... leading the coalition to enact these types of measures. That's always the case. So we're extremely relevant and they need to pay attention to us."

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Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) resigned as a co-chairman of the Tuesday Group last week, following his negotiations on the GOP's healthcare plan. 

Many members of the Tuesday Group thought MacArthur was pulling the bill too far to the right and that he shouldn't be negotiating with the conservative House Freedom Caucus. 

MacArthur told members while resigning last week that he thinks the Tuesday Group is divided and not committed to finding solutions to problems. 

"For two years, I listened in meetings as some in the Tuesday Group complained about the group’s lack of relevance and inability to get things done. I ran for co-chairman of Tuesday Group because I felt I could help change that – both in perception and reality – and move the ball forward on a number of key issues," MacArthur told group members during their weekly meeting.

"While some embraced my efforts as co-chairman, others have bristled. Clearly, our group is divided. Many in the Tuesday Group are eager to live up to our ideal of being problem-solvers, while others seem unwilling to compromise. The recent healthcare debate was illustrative," MacArthur said.