House Immigration Chair Elton Gallegly, The Anti-Steve King

Elton Gallegly

Elton Gallegly, the California Republican unexpectedly chosen over Steve King to lead the House immigration subcommittee, doesn’t haunt the cable-news circuit or put out inflammatory statements like King—but don’t call him a moderate.

40 minutes into my interview with Elton Gallegly, the Republican congressman from California who took over the House immigration subcommittee in January, I make a mistake, at least as far as Gallegly is concerned. We are talking about why he was chosen for the post over Steve King, who had both seniority and a knack for stirring up controversy, when I ask him if it was because Gallegly is seen as being more moderate than his colleague from Iowa.

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