A key job of the majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives is to corral votes and count heads — to get out the votes of majority party members on preferred legislation. Surely anybody seeking the No. 3 leadership job ought to show his vote-counting skills in the process. Yet even as Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, announced his bid Monday to be majority whip (should Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., move up to replace Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, as majority leader), Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., was declaring his candidacy to be a done deal because he had the support of 140 members, 23 more than needed to win. Maybe Tiahrt knows something Cantor doesn’t know. Or maybe Tiahrt is just throwing his hat in the ring to further his name for later leadership runs and re-election campaigns.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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