Emmer plots path to speak­er­ship as pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor to Scalise

Major­i­ty Whip Tom Emmer (R‑MN) is eye­ing a pos­si­ble path to the speak­er­ship after for­mer House Speak­er Kevin McCarthy (R‑CA) announced he would not seek the office again, accord­ing to mul­ti­ple sources famil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion.
In the hours after McCarthy told GOP mem­bers he would stand down after his his­toric ouster, Emmer began call­ing oth­er House Repub­li­cans to start gaug­ing sup­port to run as House major­i­ty leader, mul­ti­ple sources con­firmed to the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. Emmer pitched him­self for the posi­tion cur­rent­ly held by Rep. Steve Scalise (R‑LA), con­sid­ered a top con­tender to become the next speak­er.
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How­ev­er, in those con­ver­sa­tions, Emmer left the door open for a pos­si­ble even­tu­al run as House speak­er should Scalise be cho­sen as McCarthy’s suc­ces­sor. He specif­i­cal­ly cit­ed Scalise’s health con­cerns as a rea­son the Louisiana Repub­li­can may not want to hold the speak­er­ship for very long, mul­ti­ple sources famil­iar with the con­ver­sa­tions said.
The con­ver­sa­tions come one month after Scalise announced his diag­no­sis of the blood can­cer known as mul­ti­ple myelo­ma. The Louisiana Repub­li­can has …