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Steve Scalise For Whip? (Kevin McCarthy should go either way!) ^ | 5/15/14 | Jonathan Strong

Posted on 05/16/2014 5:20:25 AM PDT by cotton1706

Speculation about whether Speaker John Boehner will return for the next Congress is prompting secondary discussions on Capitol Hill about the changes that might happen if he left. One of the most interesting scenarios is a potential race for Whip between Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), the chief deputy whip.

If Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and current Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) moved up slots in Boehner's absence, GOP lawmakers and aides say Roskam would start off ahead because of his work with McCarthy on the Whip team.

Neither Cantor or McCarthy are entirely safe from growing restlessness among conservatives anxious for a change in the leadership team, but if they each climbed the leadership ladder safely it would put even more pressure on the Whip slot for a more conservative voice at the table.

This is where Scalise comes into the picture, among other names. Republicans like Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) are framing their calls for new blood as a matter of diversity: each of the current members of the “top four” – Speaker, Majority Leader, Whip, and Conference Chair – are from a state President Obama won in 2012. None represent the deep south, where much of the conference hails from.

A prominent lobbyist says “Scalise has all but announced he's running,” but the Lousiana Republican was more modest in an interview in his office.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 05/16/2014 5:20:25 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Cantor as speaker would be as bad as Boner.

2 posted on 05/16/2014 8:11:55 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Luke21

Yes Cantor and McCarthy are evil twins of Boehner. Might as well keep Tammy Faye around for the laughs.

3 posted on 05/16/2014 8:46:26 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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