Politico is reporting that they will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss assembling a voting coalition for House Majority Whip.
Louisiana’s Steve Scalise, Illinois’s Peter Roskam, and Indiana’s Marlin Stutzman are all fighting for the position, and the race appears close. Internal sources close to each of the representatives reported that Scalise leads with about 100 supporters, while Roskam and Stutzman command 90 and 50, respectively.
The 13 PA GOP lawmakers, who range from extremely conservative to moderate, would represent a sizable voting block if banded together.
As Scalise and Stutzman are highly conservative candidates, the more moderate Roskam believes that the Pennsylvania coalition might turn the tide in his favor.
Roskam specifically looks for support from the more moderate Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), and Rep. Bill Shuster (PA-9). Fitzpatrick was backed by Congressman Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control SuperPAC, Dent recently affirmed his support for same-sex marriage, and Shuster works closely with bipartisan leadership on infrastructure spending.
The three candidates for whip will meet with the Pa. GOP Representatives, as well as with Southern lawmakers on Wednesday. GOP constituencies have helped past Republican House members such as Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) attain leadership positions.
It is difficult to predict whether Scalise, Roskam or Stutzman will be elected, as Representatives sometimes commit to more than one candidate publicly, though they vote by secret ballot.