Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two Republicans Already Vying To Succeed Cantor As Majority Leader

The corpse is still warm and these two Republicans are already vying to take his post as House Majority Leaders.

(Washington Examiner) The race to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader began Wednesday morning, just hours after the Virginia Republican was ousted in a GOP primary in stunning fashion.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas, two fierce rivals within the senior GOP leadership ranks, began courting members almost immediately upon Cantor's loss to upstart challenger Dave Brat, a college economics professor.

Sessions was chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2010, when the GOP won its biggest majority since World War II.

Sources told the Washington Examiner that his pitch to members would be that he is the more conservative of the two candidates, but that he also is a proven fundraiser who knows how to run the floor.

Sessions is likely to remind members that in 2004, he was one of the few congressional Republicans who crossed the Bush administration and other party leaders and endorsed Pat Toomey in his GOP primary challenge of Sen. Arlen Specter.

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Posted By: Chris Carmouche