Friday, June 13, 2014

Stutzman Seeking Leadership Position After Only Two Terms In Washington

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) announced yesterday that he will seek the House Majority Whip position that would be vacated if U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is chosen by members of the House Republican caucus to replace House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who was upset in his bid for re-election in Tuesday's Virginia primary. Cantor, who is serving out the remainder of his term, announced that he would resign his leadership immediately as a result of Tuesday's election results. Stutzman is being opposed by Illinois' Peter Roskam and Louisiana's Steve Scalise for the leadership post.

Stutzman was only elected to the House four years ago in a special election after his predecessor, Mark Souder, resigned after he was caught in an extramarital relationship with a staffer. The House leadership team booted Stutzman from his whip team last year after he voted against the leadership's position on a farm bill. Many conservative Republicans are outraged that the Republican caucus is turning to McCarthy, a nominal Republican, as Cantor's replacement. Conservatives see McCarthy's election to the leadership position as an indication that House Republicans have learned nothing from Tuesday's shocking defeat of Cantor.


Anonymous said...

can anyone answer what has Stutzman
done in his 2 terms, other than
working on some farm related bills
and collecting a decent salary?

Anonymous said...

I went to a fundraiser for him when he was running for his first term. He told me he planned to sleep in his office and return to his family and district each weekend. After he won, I saw an article in the paper that indicated he and his family were looking for a home in the Arlington, Va vicinity. I immediately lost all respect for this hypocrite.