House Conservatives Make a Play for Influence in Race to Succeed Ryan

House Conservatives Make a Play for Influence in Race to Succeed Ryan

The No. 3 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, said he wouldn't run against McCarthy in a contest for House speaker or, if Republicans lose the majority to Democrats in November, as minority leader. He said he will remain speaker through 2018, although some Republicans, anxious they will lose their House majority during the 2018 mid-term elections, want to pick a new speaker sooner. "Second, if we elect a Democratic majority to the House, the Speaker will be a Democrat".

To become the next speaker, McCarthy must win the majority of votes in the chamber, where Republicans now have a majority. He served earlier as Majority Whip.

Trump also speaks highly of Scalise, particularly since last summer's shooting during a congressional baseball practice in which Scalise was gravely wounded.

McCarthy has a close relationship with President Donald Trump and has been angling for the job of speaker for years, trying unsuccessfully to succeed John Boehner. "We have a lot of months still to go". We are getting it done.

"For his part, Scalise appeared to back down from any conflict with McCarthy".

"Kevin seems like a great fit to be our next house speaker", she said. "He and I are good friends".

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In endorsing McCarthy, Ryan is trying to ensure a smooth transition for Republican leadership during an unpredictable year.

"We all think Kevin is the right person to become speaker", Ryan said in an interview to air Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. By all, Ryan said he was referring to his leadership team.

But just because Scalise appeared to defer to McCarthy doesn't mean the race will play out that way.

McCarthy has been spending considerable time with the members of Freedom Caucus and has also sent out birthday cards to some members.

But Representative Jim Jordan of OH, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus and a leading congressional critic of the Justice Department's and FBI's handling of the Russia-Trump investigation, said Friday he is considering a bid for a leadership post.

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