Oregon Rep. Greg Walden today wrote to his Republican colleagues, asking for their support in his unopposed bid for the chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Walden, a close ally of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), has served as the deputy to outgoing NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) for two cycles and noted Sessions' support in his letter.
"Over the past four years, I have had the privilege to serve as Pete Sessions’ deputy as we have worked together to transform the NRCC into a member driven organization with programs that have purpose and accountability," Walden wrote. "With Pete’s full support, I now seek to serve our conference as NRCC chairman, and I ask for your vote."
Republicans netted a loss of a handful of seats this cycle but retained their strong grasp on the House, with a majority diminished by only single digits from 2010.
In his letter, Walden noted that some seats were lost last week, but he was bullish on the 2014 cycle.
Republicans "came up short in some key races and have important lessons to learn from our losses as we go forward into 2014," he wrote. "We also have some solid opportunities to pick up seats and we must get started right away to do so."
Here's the full letter he sent to his colleagues:
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