National Journal's Hotline has Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling ahead of Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann 10-5 in their contest for chairman of the House Republican Conference. But that's just counting the publicly declared members. The real "whip count" is impossible to know at this point. Read More
Rep. Jeb Hensarling is the leading candidate to succeed House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana, but the Texas Republican is no pillar of the Washington GOP Establishment, according to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
Speaking earlier today on ABC News, Armey, who is currently chairman of Freedomworks and a key leader in the Tea Party movement, offered these thoughts on Hensarling: Read More
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, announces that he is seeking to succeed Rep. Mike Pence, R-IN, as chairman of the House GOP Conference. The announcement makes him the first House GOPer to confirm a candidacy for the post.
Here's the text of Hensarling's statement: Read More
Word had hardly gotten out that Rep. Mike Pence, R-IN, was thinking of stepping down as chairman of the House Republican Conference in order to make a run for either the White House or the Indiana governorship before the rumor mill was crackling with messages about who might be/should be/better not be his successor. Read More
Matt Lloyd, who handles media for the House Republican Conference on behalf of Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, the conference chairman, notes the similarity between a headline in today's edition of The New York Times and headlines previously seen on a regular basis.
First, here's today's Times head: Democrats Shifting Focus Back to Jobs Creation. Read More
“You are going to see overwhelming Republican opposition in the House of Representatives” to government-run health care reform, which he calls “Fannie Med,” House Republican Conference chairman Mike Pence, R-IN, promised journalists at a breakfast sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform and the American Spectator. “During my first six years in Congress, I fought the most with Republicans. Read More