WASHINGTON - Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam, who has ramped up his national media exposure in the past year as Deputy to Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, is apparently eyeing the Majority Whip position if House Speaker John Boehner retires soon. As reported by The Hill:
If Boehner retires and McCarthy moves up behind Cantor, the race for whip could be a free-for-fall. Roskam has stepped up his fundraising efforts, according to people close to him. The Illinois Republican has held 50 events in 2014 and raised $750,000 during the first quarter. He gave $55,000 to fellow Republicans from his leadership PAC in March, a big boost from the prior months.
“We’re ramping it up,” said one Roskam aide.
He could face competition from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the conference chairwoman and highest-ranking woman in GOP leadership. She has lagged behind Roskam in contributions from her PAC, but an aide said she is also increasing her fundraising activity. The aide noted that she was the first Republican leader to give to Rep. Ralph Hall, the 90-year-old Texan who is in a competitive primary runoff to hold onto his seat for one last term. And McMorris Rodgers brought in $300,000 at a recent fundraiser for three Republican women challengers in New York.
Two other possible contenders, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Pete Sessions (R-Texas), have given less to their colleagues so far.