Selecting the right majority leader is essential to preventing John Boehner from ramming through immigration legislation during the lame duck session. It would be sad irony to gain the senate and lose the fight on immigration, voted into law by many outgoing congressmen. Kevin McCarthy is a California pragmatist, a mind set which the Republican Party has in long supply. It was disappointing to see Rep. Jeb Hensarling withdraw from consideration and heartening to see Pete Sessions to follow suit. It's not to much to ask that the majority leader have paid the bank rate for his mortgage, like the electorate, rather than a sweetheart rate from Countrywide Financial. He was also tangentially tied to the Abramoff scandal. The last thing the Republican Party needs is another Texas embarrassment in the mold to Tom DeLay.
Presently McCarthy is the only representative to announce for the leadership post. The National Journal reports that Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho is considering a run but why not the best?
The seat is probably Jim Jordan's for the asking yet Congressman from Ohio's12th congressional district seems reluctant to commit. Speaking of Jordan, Rep. Steve King of Iowa laid out his case. “He commands the respect of the whole conference; he’d be an ideal candidate for majority leader; he’s never advocated for amnesty.”
Enough said! A look at his track record as a state legislator reveals the 4 time high school state wrestling champion is a superior legislator and a true conservative. He was a Tea Party candidate before there was a Tea Party. From his Wikipedia entry;
Jordan was named Watchdog of the Treasury (1996, 2000, 2004), Outstanding Legislator (2004), Outstanding Freshman Legislator (1996), Friend of the Taxpayer (1997), and Pro-Life Legislator of the Year (1998) by the United Conservatives of Ohio, the Defender of Life award from the Ohio Right to Life Society, and the 2001 Leadership in Government Award from the Ohio Roundtable and Freedom Forum.
Come on Congressman, You're the one we have been waiting for.