Scalise And McCarthy Ready To Battle In Race To Replace Paul Ryan As Next House Speaker

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 29: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.,, center, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrive for a news conference after the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on November 29, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Steve Scalise sat in a hospital bed a few months ago after surviving an assassination attempt, now he may want to sit in the Speaker’s chair.

Kevin McCarthy may also by eyeing another bid at Speaker after failing years ago, paving the way for Paul Ryan.

Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows says he won’t run for Speaker.

According to Politico:

“Two top members of Paul Ryan’s leadership team, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, have begun angling for his job in the event the speaker calls it quits after the election.

They’re closely monitoring the moves of the other and quietly courting Republicans who could help either of them clinch the top post, according to 20 GOP lawmakers and aides interviewed for this report.

But Scalise also expressed interest in leading the conference someday — remarks that only intensified simmering speculation in GOP circles about his intentions. Adding to the intrigue, some of Scalise’s allies have urged him to be ready should McCarthy falls short for speaker, as he did in 2015.”