Republicans and Democrats selected some of their top leaders in the House and Senate yesterday. In votes that point to the stark differences between the two parties on abortion, GOP lawmakers selected pro-lifers to lead their party in the House and Senate while Democrats chose pro-abortion lawmakers to lead theirs.
For the GOP, Sen. Mitch McConnnell of Kentucky, who is pro-life, was reelected Republican Leader by affirmation, the fourth time he has won the job without opposition. Sen. John Cornyn, a pro-life Texas Republican, was elected Senate Minority Whip by acclamation and Sen. Jerry Moran, a pro-life Kansan, became National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman. McConnell was nominated in speeches by Sen. Pat Toomey, of Pennsylvania, and Marco Rubio, of Florida — both are pro-life.
Cornyn, the outgoing NRSC Chairman, replaces retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, a pro-lifer from Arizona.
Moran has brought on Ted Cruz, the newly-elected tea party favorite from Texas, to be vice chairman for “grassroots operations and political outreach” and Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican pro-lifer, will oversee fundraising for Republicans seeking to try to win the Senate in 2014. Both are pro-life.
Putting Cruz in this role makes it easier for the committee get involved in primaries, with one Republican saying, “Republicans have learned the hard way that bad candidates who run bad campaigns lose every time. Adding Cruz and Portman was a stroke of genius by Moran who clearly understands that the committee needs to change its business model in order to prevent repeating past mistakes.”
On the Democratic side, pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada will continue to lead Democrats in the Senate and, drowning speculation that she might step down from her post as the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, pro-abortion Rep. Nancy Pelosi confirmed she will seek the post again the next session of Congress.
Democrats need to find a new Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair to head up their 2014 campaign efforts. Reid has approached Sen. Michael Bennet, a pro-abortion member from Colorado, about the job and Bennet is considering it. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. are possibilities and they support abortion.
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The number two Democrat, pro-abortion Sen. Dick Durbin, will lead Democrats in the Senate with Reid.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, who is pro-life, was elected House conference Chair (4th highest leadership position) on Wednesday and she will work with Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, both of whom are pro-life.