House GOP Whip Emmer Eyeing Speakership Bid

House GOP Whip Emmer Eyeing Speakership Bid – House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) and his associates are actively exploring the possibility of a speakership bid, as confirmed by two Republicans with firsthand information. Emmer, holding the position of the third-highest-ranking House Republican, is set to become the frontrunner in the race for the GOP’s third speaker nominee. 

Nevertheless, he will contend with a more crowded field compared to previous unsuccessful candidates Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan. Approximately twelve House Republicans are anticipated to enter the competition, leading to a substantial division in the vote as they prepare for a candidate forum on Monday night. Emmer had originally been anticipated to pursue the role of majority leader in the event that it became available due to Scalise’s rise. 

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However, when the Louisiana Republican’s bid for the gavel was obstructed, in part by Jordan’s allies, Emmer shifted his focus. Given his prior role as the chair of the House GOP campaign arm, which demands a strong grasp of individual districts and solid relationships within the party, Emmer enjoys an inherent advantage in the speaker race. 

Additionally, he boasts support from the House Freedom Caucus, including Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.). Yet, Emmer also faces certain drawbacks, notably the lingering tension between his camp and Trump’s sphere, which raises concerns among some Republicans that embracing Emmer might incur the displeasure of the influential former president and his team. 

Emmer stands as the highest-ranking House Republican in leadership who voted to certify President Joe Biden’s election win. Trump had endorsed Jordan for speaker before the Ohio Republican’s candidacy faltered. Emmer, like Scalise, has refrained from officially endorsing Trump’s 2024 primary bid. Meanwhile, Reps. 

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Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), the chair of the Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), the vice chair of the GOP conference, are also actively reaching out to garner support for their own speaker bids. Candidates have until noon on Sunday to declare their intentions, but those genuinely interested in running are likely to make swift announcements to secure commitments. Consequently, this delay means that Republicans will be without a speaker for at least over 20 days.

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