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February 7, 2016

With Hensarling Out, Labrador or Jordan Could Be the Conservative Pick

Raul Labrador

With Hensarling out and Sessions undecided, is Labrador the next great conservative hope? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:38 a.m. | With Jeb Hensarling out and rumors that Pete Sessions might not stay in, conservatives are looking for — and plan to shortly announce — a new candidate for House majority leader.

According to a group of Republicans walking down the Cannon Tunnel on Thursday, there will be a “conservative” candidate to run as an alternative to Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.

While the group wouldn’t say who, when CQ Roll Call raised the possibility of Raúl Labrador of Idaho running for the position, one lawmaker called it “an astute guess.”


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Another lawmaker turned around and flashed a thumbs up.

Whether that’s just wishful thinking for the conservatives or a subtle signal is unclear.

Still, there is a movement afoot to draft Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a former Republican Study Committee chairman and one of the most respected members among House conservatives.

“All the focus, all the hope, in the conservative world now rests with convincing Jim Jordan to make a majority leader run,” according to a senior GOP aide.

Daniel Newhauser contributed to this report.

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