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 WickerTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand FAA nominee advances to full Senate vote Senate GOP raises concerns about White House stopgap plan to avoid shutdown 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 FlakeFlake urges Republicans to condemn 'vile and offensive' Trump tweets Flake responds to Trump, Jimmy Carter barbs: 'We need to stop trying to disqualify each other' Jeff Flake responds to Trump's 'greener pastures' dig on former GOP lawmakers 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 Wilson75 years after D-Day: Service over self Valerie Plame to run for Congress in New Mexico Pollster says younger lawmakers more likely to respond to State of the Union on social media 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 KerryJohn Kerry: Pressley's story 'more American than any mantle this president could ever claim' Schumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence Trump threatens Iran with increased sanctions after country exceeds uranium enrichment cap 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.