Florida is now the 3rd largest state in the country, so it it just seems appropriate that the Sunshine State is “in the mix” on the selection of the next Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Congress. Congressman Daniel Webster (R., Orlando) has announced his candidacy for Speaker, even though the heavy favorite remains current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.). Webster also has concerns about re-election to his Orlando seat, due to reapportionment problems in the courts. Congressman Dennis Ross (R., Lakeland) has announced his candidacy for the all important Whip leadership position within the majority Republican Caucus, against the probable favorites, Congressmen Patrick McHenry (R., N.C.), Markwayne Mullin (R., OK.) and Pete Roskam (R., ILL.).
The Tea Party organization in the U. S. House is primarily embedded in the House Freedom Caucus. A Founder in the Caucus is Congressman Ron DeSantis (R., St. Augustine) and members of the Caucus listed are Congressman Curt Clawson (R., Ft. Myers) and Congressman Bill Posey (R., Merritt Island). With all the national focus on the Tea Party in the Republican Caucus, these 3 Floridians should be key votes for leadership team.
Additional leading players in the selection of the GOP House Leadership, based on seniority and committee assignments are Congresspersons Eleana Ros-Leighton (R., Miami), Jim Miller (R., Pensacola), Ander Crenshaw (R., Jacksonville), John Mica (R., Orlando), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Miami).
The lobbyists close to these Florida members of Congress will have a particular influence on the selections made by the members. All the members have their own political action committees, which will now be overflowing with campaign contributions from their favorite lobbyists and causes.
Over half of the Florida Republican Congressional Delegation should plat pivotal roles in the selection of the new Speaker and his leadership team. Florida should benefit in the critical committee assignments and resulting public policy.