WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), a member of House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team, is interested in moving up in the House after the 2014 elections, more than looking towards a statewide run in Illinois for senator or governor.
If Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gives up his gavel after the November elections, it will set off a wild scramble in the House leadership. Roskam, currently the chief deputy majority whip, has his sights set on the majority whip post, but it could be a tough climb for the Illinois Republican, reports Politico in a Wednesday story about Roskam’s leadership ambitions headlined Peter Roskam courts the right.
“Hard-line conservatives, who dominate the House GOP Conference, are not sold yet on the idea that Roskam should be the whip, or that he is conservative enough for them — a perspective he is angling to change. These conservatives also want more balance in leadership; they are especially eager to add a member from the solidly red South or someone more outwardly strident than the soft-spoken Roskam.”