Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, floated Rep. Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopGOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Westerman tapped as top Republican on House Natural Resources Committee | McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce | EPA joins conservative social network Parler MORE (R-Utah) as a potential successor to outgoing Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Ohio), who announced he is resiging at the end of October.
Labrador said that while the conservative caucus has already endorsed Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) to replace BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE, there are still active conversations about who will ultimately become leader of the House.
"All the focus is on [Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE (R-Wis.)]," Labrador said on CNN's "State of the Union. "I don't know if he wants to do the job, but we have other people in the conference that I think could actually bring the caucus together."
"Rob Bishop, there's people like that [who] can help us come together as a conference," Labrador continued.
Labrador said that should Ryan decide to run, the House Freedom Caucus would ask that Ryan speak to them about his candidacy. The conservative caucus has been a thorn in the side of establishment Republicans like Boehner, criticizing his style of leadership and questioning his conservative policy chops.
"We have endorsed Daniel Webster and until someone is a declared candidate we're not going to move to a new candidate," Labrador said. "Now if new candidates declare themselves, we're going to ask them to come talk to the House Freedom Caucus."
"It's not about the who; it's about the what. What are we going to do in the House to change the culture, what are we going to do so we can get [the conference] together on the same page?" Labrador said.
"We should be fighting the Democrats, not the Republicans," he said. "We shouldn't be fighting each other."