WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she will not seek to move up the House Republican leadership ladder in the wake of Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s swift fall from his No. 2 job.
McMorris Rodgers, of Spokane, said in a statement she plans to stay put as the House GOP caucus’s No. 4 leader.
After much encouragement from my colleagues, conversations with my family, and many prayers, I have decided to remain Conference Chair at this time,” she said. “I look forward to continue leading my colleagues and building on our successes to introduce a culture of innovation to Capitol Hill, improve the image of House Republicans, and unite our entire Conference behind conservative solutions that serve people in every corner of America.”
With that, McMorris Rodgers formally removed her name from what is shaping up as an all-out jockeying for power in Cantor’s wake. Several conservative Republicans — emboldened by Cantor’s defeat by a little-known tea party challenger — have declared intentions to run for both Cantor’s job as well as the No. 3 slot, now held by Whip Kevin McCarthy of California.