(Reuters) – House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday chose an ally of Speaker John Boehner for the No. 2 job in the chamber and, in a victory for the party’s conservative wing, elevated a Southern lawmaker to a leadership role.The GOP are slow learners...
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, already the third-ranking House Republican, was chosen to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader, Republican aide Riva Litman said.
He will control the House floor and help decide the party’s legislative priorities. McCarthy previously served as party whip, drumming up votes for legislation.
Steve Scalise, a Louisiana lawmaker with backing from Southern Republicans, beat out two other lawmakers on Thursday to replace McCarthy as party whip. Scalise has a solidly conservative record but also has had good ties with leadership, including Boehner.
The party’s conservative wing pushed for one of their own to join the leadership after a little-known professor with Tea Party support defeated Cantor in his Virginia primary. Cantor’s announcement that he would leave the leadership at the end of July prompted a surprise shake-up.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The changing of the RINO's
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California will replace Eric Cantor as majority leader.