Item of Interest
Following last week's shocking primary defeat of
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
, and his subsequent decision to step down as leader at month's end, the House is slated to elect its new majority leader on Thursday. The race for majority leader is shaping up to be a promotion for the current majority whip, Kevin McCarthy (California). Assuming he wins, the race to replace him as whip will be run by three contenders: two conservatives, Steve Scalise (Louisiana) and Marlin Stutzman (Indiana), and one moderate, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (Illinois). This is believed to be the conservatives' best shot of "infiltrating" house leadership. The job of the whip is to work with members and outside coalitions and groups such as ASA to build support for legislation that is coming for a vote.
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