By Peter Schroeder - 06/12/14 11:12 AM EDT
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) is throwing his hat into a race for House majority whip.
Stutzman told local media Thursday that he was making calls in an effort to line up support but acknowledged his bid would be a “long shot.”
“I’m just getting started,” Stutzman told Howey Politics Indiana.
“I was up really late last night making calls. There will be a lot happening in the next few days.”
Stutzman has served in the House since winning a special election in 2010 and argued that his relative inexperience compared to the others could be a boon. He argued some of his colleagues could be looking for a “red-state conservative and a fresh face.”
The whip position could open up if Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) succeeds in his bid to replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as majority leader, following the latter’s shocking primary loss earlier in the week. McCarthy, the current whip, is facing off against Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) for the No. 2 slot.
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) announced Thursday that he will not run to replace Cantor as majority leader.