Below are notes from Chad about next week’s leadership vote:
So to be clear…the leadership vote, behind closed doors next Thursday…will go like this, barring any changes of other candidates jumping in or dropping out:
Majority Leader first…House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will run against Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) to succeed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).
If McCarthy wins that vote, they hold an immediate vote for whip has McCarthy vacates that position. If McCarthy loses, he remains and there is NO VOTE for whip.
Current candidates for Whip are Chief Deputy Whip Pete Roskam (R-IL), Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA, skuh-LEES) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN).
Labrador’s candidacy is noteworthy as he represents many of the rock-ribbed conservatives in the conference. A true test of the tea party’s mettle will be reflected in how well Labrador does in this contest. Some members believe one of the takeaway’s of Cantor’s defeat on Tuesday was that voters want a change at the leadership table. That is not reflected in McCarthy. Moreso in Scalise and possibly Stutzman. Would definitely be represented if Labrador is able to break through….and that would really show there are deep divisions in the conference. And Labrador would butt heads with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).