WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 3: House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-MN, talks with reporters as he departs a Republican conference at the U.S.Capitol shortly after the motion to vacate Speaker Kevin McCarthy passes on October 3, 2023 in Washington, DC. The House voted by simple majority to oust McCarthy as speaker, an effort led by a handful of conservative members of his own party, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-FL. Photo by Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images.
Fewer than 24 hours into his bid for U.S. House majority leader, Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota’s 6th District faces stiff headwinds, according to Time magazine: “A group of (Donald) Trump’s congressional and media allies (have begun) plotting to derail his candidacy.”
Citing “multiple sources familiar with the matter,” the magazine reports that Emmer’s problems stem from perceptions that he is insufficiently loyal to Trump, the one-time game show host who served a single term as president.
Perhaps Scalise can provide Emmer some cover as Emmer battles any perception that he has not properly genuflected to the Republican Party boss Donald Trump, who is running to be the GOP nominee while also facing a packed court calendar in the coming year given several indictments on dozens of charges in multiple jurisdictions.
Dustin Grage, a GOP operative who lives in Emmer’s district, defended Emmer Wednesday on Twitter, though he elided the Trump loyalty test:
“Tom Emmer is literally the reason why House Republicans have a majority,” Grage wrote. (The actual reason House Republicans have a majority is because voters backed them in a majority of districts.)
Grage, who is supporting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, posted a news release showing that Emmer, as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, broke fundraising records during 2021.
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