Speaker John A. Boehner announced last week he would resign at the end of October, ostensibly hoping to free the House Republican Conference of crippling infighting and discord.
It is in this tenuous environment that lawmakers who want seats at the post-Boehner leadership table are making the rounds to shore up support, employing different strategies to navigate the challenging political terrain. Some ambitious members are playing it straight, like the two representatives vying to be majority leader in the likely event the current officeholder, Kevin McCarthy of California, succeeds Boehner as speaker. Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington have yet to make official announcements of their candidacies, but they aren't hiding their ambitions. They used the weekend to make calls to colleagues to get commitments of support, and they solidified their whip teams to help make the rounds and nudge undecideds.