Price wins support from minority GOP groups

A group of minority Republicans is backing Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) in his bid for chairman of the House Republican conference.

Eleven leaders and clergymen with African American and Hispanic GOP organizations sent a letter Tuesday night to Republican lawmakers hailing Price as “the most qualified candidate” to ensure the GOP remains a “big tent” party.

Price is facing Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersPolitical decency may triumph despite Trump's DACA decision Ryan calls for 'permanent legislative solution' on DACA Harvey response puts squeeze on GOP MORE (R-Wash.) in a race for the fourth-ranking House GOP post. A former chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Price has the backing of many staunch conservatives in the conference, including Reps. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Wis.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Ga.).

But in the wake of an election in which Republicans lost badly among minorities and women, many GOP lawmakers want to ensure the party’s leadership team is not a collection of white men.

The leadership election is Wednesday afternoon.

“Dr. Price has demonstrated an understanding and willingness to engage a multi-ethnic, multicultural electorate,” the officials wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Hill. “Additionally, Representative Price has laid out a vision to enhance a newly-comprised working group of national and local coalition organizations designed to assist the Republican Party with messaging, organization recruitment and mobilization of a growing universe of voters.”

Among the signers of the letter are Aaron Manaigo, former chairman of the National Council of Black Republicans; William Brown, chairman of the Harlem Republican Club; and Dany Esquilin, chairman of the New York State Puerto Rican Party.