Texas Rep. Chip Roy is launching a last-minute bid for House GOP conference chair, going up against Rep. Elise Stefanik.
Stefanik, N.Y., has the endorsement of former President Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Calif., and Rep. Steve Scalise, La., House Republican Whip.
Stefanik and Roy are expected to address their caucus during a candidate forum Thursday evening. A closed-door vote is set for Friday morning.
On his way into the forum, Roy said they need to “not rush this process for the sake of doing it,” and that they need, “enough time for people to, you know, decide if they want to run and get into the mix and so forth – but if we’re gonna have the vote tomorrow, then I’m running.”
Trump immediately weighed in on Roy’s bid. “Can’t imagine Republican House Members would go with Chip Roy—he has not done a great job, and will probably be successfully primaried in his own district. I support Elise, by far, over Chip!”