Rep. Musgrave joins race for Appropriations seat

Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) has joined the crowded race for the Appropriations Committee seat left open by ex-Rep. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg defends handling of misinformation in political ads | Biden camp hits Zuckerberg over remarks | Dem bill would jail tech execs for lying about privacy | Consumer safety agency accidentally disclosed personal data Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R-Miss.).

Joe J. Brettell, a spokesman for Musgrave, confirmed her candidacy and said she is running as a “conservative alternative” to the other six contenders for the post.

Republican Reps. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertLymphedema Treatment Act would provide a commonsense solution to a fixable problem Yoder, Messer land on K Street Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm MORE (Wash.), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeVulnerable senators hold the key to Trump's fate Trump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong How to survive an impeachment MORE (Ariz.), Tom Cole (Okla.). Henry Brown Jr. (S.C.), Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and Michael Turner (R-Ohio) declared their intentions to run earlier this month. Anti-earmark watchdog groups have been pressing for Flake’s candidacy.

Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonThe Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' GOP lawmaker: 'Dangerous' abuse of Interpol by Russia, China, Venezuela Washington Post fact-checker gives Plame three Pinocchios for Libby claim MORE (S.C.) initially expressed interest, but then endorsed Cole for the seat.

Musgrave seeks earmarks for her district, but has called for more transparency to the earmark process.

The lawmaker, who narrowly won reelection in 2006, defeating Angie Paccione, 46 to 43 percent in a district where President Bush easily defeated Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryOvernight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate Democrats' debate divisions open the race to new (or old) faces MORE (D-Mass.) in 2004, 58 to 41 percent.

Like Reichert, who also sits in a targeted seat, Musgrave could use the seat to help her reelection bid.