Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanHillary gives Bernie cool reception at Trump inaugural lunch GOP governors defend Medicaid expansion Senators introduce dueling miners bills MORE (R-Ohio), one of Mitt Romney’s closest allies in the past year, is considering a bid for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
If Portman decides to pursue the post, it sets up a leadership race with Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranOvernight Tech: Tech listens for clues at Sessions hearing | EU weighs expanding privacy rule | Senators blast Backpage execs Senate rejects Paul's balanced budget Republicans add three to Banking Committee MORE (R-Kan.), who has been quietly lobbying his colleagues for the job.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcCain: Trump's withdrawal from TPP a 'serious mistake' Panel to vote on Trump’s Transportation nominee Tuesday This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump MORE (Ky.) reportedly wanted rising-star freshman Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioCommittee to vote on Zinke, Perry nominations Tuesday GOP senator floats eliminating the corporate income tax The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Fla.) to take over the NRSC, but Rubio is not interested.
A source close to Rubio said it is not likely that Rubio will make a play to succeed outgoing NRSC Chairman John CornynJohn CornynSessions can put the brakes on criminal justice “reform” This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump GOP eyes new push to break up California court MORE (R-Texas), who is running to become Senate Republican whip.