In a surprising turn of events, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) has thrown his hat in the ring for the position of House Speaker. This comes just hours after Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted from the role. Scalise’s announcement adds another contender to the race, with House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) also vying for the position. It seems that Republicans are starting to see this race as a true battle for leadership.
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Scalise, in a heartfelt letter to his colleagues, expressed his gratitude for their support and prayers after he was shot and critically wounded during a congressional baseball practice in 2017. He credits his fellow Republicans for saving his life and believes that they are all part of the same political family. Scalise’s personal experience gives him a unique perspective and a sense of purpose in his bid for House Speaker.
It’s no surprise that Scalise has been viewed as a potential replacement for McCarthy. He is widely respected within the Republican conference and has received endorsements from fellow conservatives like Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Gaetz even went so far as to say that Scalise would be a “phenomenal” speaker. It seems that Scalise’s chances of securing the position are looking promising.
In addition to support from his colleagues, Scalise has also received endorsements from House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN), who has expressed interest in running for House Majority Leader if Scalise is elected as Speaker. This kind of support from within the party is crucial for Scalise’s campaign.
This race for House Speaker is shaping up to be a fierce competition, with Scalise and Jordan both asserting their qualifications for the role. It will be interesting to see how the Republican conference navigates this election and who ultimately comes out on top. One thing is for sure, whoever becomes the next House Speaker will have big shoes to fill.