Scalise’s can­cer diag­no­sis cit­ed as con­cern among GOP amid speak­er fight

House Major­i­ty Leader Steve Scalise’s (R‑LA) health and recent can­cer diag­no­sis have been cit­ed by Repub­li­can law­mak­ers as a rea­son not to sup­port him as he eyes the speak­er­ship, Rep. Chip Roy (R‑TX) said on Thurs­day.
Scalise was nom­i­nat­ed as the GOP speak­er can­di­date after a closed-door meet­ing on Tues­day after­noon, emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous in a 113–99 vote over Judi­cia­ry Chair­man Jim Jor­dan (R‑OH). Despite his win, sev­er­al GOP law­mak­ers have come out in oppo­si­tion to a Scalise speak­er­ship, vow­ing not to sup­port the Louisiana Repub­li­can when the mat­ter comes to the full floor for a vote.
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“It is a con­cern for a lot of mem­bers. It is part of the rea­son why I think he’s hav­ing trou­ble get­ting to 217,” Roy told con­ser­v­a­tive radio host Glenn Beck.
The con­ver­sa­tions come one month after Sca …