Traditionally, chairpersons of the National Republican Congressional Committee get to serve two terms. Current NRCC Chair Tom Cole had a pretty painful cycle, losing three special elections this year and at least another 23 seats this week (while taking back four deep red seats), so it's no surprise that he wants another bite at the apple -- he would love desperately to redeem himself in 2010, when the GOP has a chance to take a few of these seats back.
The only problem? House Minority Leader John Boehner is saying: "Nuh-uh!" From Roll Call:
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has endorsed Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) for chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee over NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.), who is seeking another term at the head of the committee.
Boehner's public support of Sessions comes one day after Cole appealed to the House Republican Conference for a second term helming the committee, and the Minority Leader's support could prove crucial to Sessions' chances of winning the post in the upcoming leadership elections.
"Tom Cole has guided the NRCC through a difficult time for our party, and I'm sincerely grateful for his service to our team. But I believe having Pete Sessions at the helm of the NRCC in the next cycle will give House Republicans our best shot at rebuilding a majority coalition," Boehner said in a statement. "Pete has the skills needed to recruit top-tier candidates and give them the support they need to challenge a Democratic Congress that has been bought and paid for by liberal special interests. We need Pete Sessions at the leadership table as the next chairman of the NRCC."