In this obscure D.C. race that’s turned into a kind of strength test for U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., had pledged himself to Tom Price, R-Roswell, even before he became the Republican nominee for vice president.
That said, Ryan’s endorsement of Price in tomorrow’s election for House Republican conference chairman – the No. 4 ranking position in the chamber – does carry weight and is an indication that the most conservative of House Republicans don’t intend to meekly submit during the coming fiscal cliff negotiations.
From the letter Ryan sent to his colleagues on Tuesday (emphasis in the original):
In the House of Representatives, we have an obligation and a real opportunity to produce and promote a positive and principled agenda for the American people. Over the past two years, we have offered bold solutions to our fiscal and economic challenges. We must not let up, but rather continue to focus our energy on doing what is necessary to empower individuals, families, and entrepreneurs.
Key to ensuring the success of our efforts will be having proven leaders at the helm of our policy and communication strategies. That is why I am asking you to join me in supporting Congressman Tom Price to be our next Chairman of the House Republican Conference.
Price’s rival for the job, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wa.,would be the only woman on Boehner’s leadership team. According to BuzzFeed, she’s playing that card:
A Republican leadership aide said McMorris Rodgers has been reminding colleagues about “her achievements with women’s outreach and new media, her conservative credentials, [and] her profile as a young woman” in a last-minute pitch before the leadership elections tomorrow.
The vote is scheduled for 2 p.m. or so Wednesday.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider