Walden wins the staffers’ choice award, too (although they obviously don’t vote for NRCC chairman). He’s a former chief of staff and press secretary, and his communication skills in the media are top-notch.
Walden would probably have to give up his subcommittee chairmanship on Energy and Commerce to take the NRCC gig. After two cycles at the top of the committee’s leadership, maybe that will be enough to propel him up the leadership food chain without running the NRCC.
The man in charge of redistricting for House Republicans this cycle will be able to boast several successes if he runs for NRCC chairman next year. The maps were stacked in his favor, but Westmoreland has done a solid job overseeing the once-in-a-decade process — and, as a result, he now knows almost every House district inside and out.
The Georgia lawmaker has leadership ambitions and has shown an interest in NRCC top slots. Before his current job, he served as recruitment chairman for the committee.
Westmoreland would also bring a different personality to the table than the aforementioned choices. His brash and frank speaking style is punctuated by his Southern drawl. Yet even his detractors can’t argue with his experience and track record with the committee.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.