Washington Examiner editorial: Don't let Upton lead House panel

For instance, "Upton was one of nine House GOPers who voted against Rep. Dave Camp's [R-Mich.] substitute amendment to the $787 billion Obama-Pelosi economic stimulus bill in March 2009. The Camp amendment would have substituted a GOP stimulus alternative made up primarily of new tax cuts for individuals and business."

The editorial says the Democrats might even applaud if Upton assumes control of the panel next Congress. "BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE should make sure they get no such opportunity," it says.

On telecommunications policy, however, Upton does not seem notably less conservative than his Republican colleagues. He has been a vocal critic of net-neutrality rules, which would heighten regulations on phone and cable companies, even as some Senate Republicans have backed this policy over the years. 

Updated at 7:50 p.m. to include more information.