The fractured Republican conference will meet twice Tuesday to try to chart a path forward.
As he launched a bid for House majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) had his staff huddle with more than 100 D.C. lobbyists to tout his fundraising successes. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) has rolled out a series of high-profile endorsements as he tries to knock off his fellow Southerner for the No. 2 job.
And Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is positioning himself as willing to be confrontational with Democrats — but able to heal what ails his party.
Speaker John Boehner resigned less than a week ago, but frenzied campaigns have broken out already to replace him and fill the party’s other top leadership slots. Four positions could open up, and the House Republican Conference is filled with courtship, intrigue and one-upmanship.
But the leadership aspirants are about to walk into a buzz saw.
The GOP Conference will meet twice Tuesday, including at a rare evening session to try to chart a path forward for its fractured party.
The 5 p.m. meeting has been billed as a discussion about the “strategy going forward,” and the outsize personalities in the room will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about how the party’s House strategy should change. Staff will not be permitted in the session.