Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), says he’s enjoying the chairmanship so much that he may want to stay on for a third term.
“I’m having so much fun doing this, I may want to run as chairman again,” Sessions told Politico
. “I really want the conference to recognize we’re doing really well. And if we do really well, why not return the guy who’s doing well, right? I don’t know. We’ll decide as soon as we get the election done; we’ll figure it out.”
What he may really be doing is trying to put pressure on Speaker John Boehner to somehow find a leadership position for him, the news service reports. Republicans have done well in the three years with Sessions at the helm, taking over control of the House in 2010.
If Sessions seeks to stay on board at the NRCC, he may create some conflict within the GOP.
Sessions’ deputy, Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, already has told colleagues he intends to run for NRCC chairman. Walden has indicated that Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland would serve as his deputy.
But Sessions is unruffled by that. “I think that Greg Walden and I are enjoying this,” he said, referring to his own chairmanship.
Several aides told Politico that Session knows he won’t get his desired position as chairman of the Rules committee and is putting out a justification for why he should be granted another term at the NRCC. It’s also possible that he just wants to show his displeasure about his slim chance for a leadership position.
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