Boehner Continues to Influence Leadership Races

Posted November 7, 2008 at 10:32am

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) announced Friday that she is running for vice chair of the House Republican Conference, making her the latest in a string of Members launching candidacies at the behest of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

In a letter to GOP Members, McMorris Rodgers, currently serving her second term, pledged to advance the “values we hold dear.” She said she brings a unique perspective to the post as a new mother and the second-youngest woman serving in Congress.

“In rebuilding our party, we must broaden our appeal by sharpening our message, redefining our agenda, building coalitions and inspiring a new generation of Republicans,” her letter stated.

Boehner called McMorris Rodgers on Wednesday and “encouraged her to run,” spokesman Destry Henderson said. There have been rumors of other Members eyeing the post, but it is unclear whether they are true, he said.

McMorris Rodgers is one of at least two people that Boehner tapped this week to assume leadership posts. Sources have said Boehner called Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) on Wednesday to encourage him to run for Republican Conference Chairman, a position that some said Pence had no interest in until Wednesday.