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U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman is running hard for whip post, apparently with U.S. Rep. Walorski's backing

The northeast Indiana lawmaker trails Reps. Scalise of Louisiana and Roskam of Illinois for the leadership position.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.

Monday, June 16, 2014

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman is running hard for the majority whip post in the U.S. House.

And U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski is apparently backing his bid.

As Politico describes it, U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Peter Roskam of Illinois have mustered the most support at this point. Stutzman, though, a GOPer from Howe, is in the scrum, “trying to cash in on unhappiness with the other two.” Stutzman represents the 3rd District in northeastern Indiana, which previously covered Goshen before re-districting.

Stutzman “jumped into the campaign late but is enjoying unexpected success,” Politico reported. “Stutzman is tapping into unhappiness with Roskam, who is aligned with the GOP establishment, and Scalise, who some deem as insufficiently conservative.”

The whip post is the third most senior leadership position, after House speaker and majority leader. The position is coming open with the likely elevation of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, from that post to majority leader, a slot to be vacated by Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia following his defeat in a primary vote last week.

Stutzman is an unabashed conservative, and Robert Costa of the Washington Post said the three-way whip contest “has brought into focus a roaring debate over how far to the right the House GOP should move in the wake of Cantor’s fall...”

Politico said Scalise had backing of at least 100 House colleagues while Roskam’s support hovered near 90. Stutzman told the Washington Post he had 50 votes.

Stutzman “has lots of support from the hard right and those who were elected since 2010,” Politico reported. “Reps. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, Andy Harris of Maryland, Jackie Walorski of Indiana, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and Thomas Reed of New York are all trying to whip up support for Stutzman. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a favorite of conservatives, is also backing Stutzman.”

House Republicans vote for whip and majority backing among those voting is necessary to win. If no single candidate musters over 50 percent of the votes on the first round, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and lawmakers vote again. The vote is expected later this week.

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