No Regrets for Marlin Stutzman After Losing Majority Whip Race
Exiting the House leadership elections, today Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) said that he had no regrets after running for House Majority Whip.
“Absolutely,” he said when asked by reporters if he was still glad he got in the race. “It was a great experience.”
Rep. Steve Scalise won the election on the first ballot, beating Stutzman and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) ending what some thought would be a tumultuous race. Surprised Republicans cheered and clapped in the House meeting room when it was clear that Scalise had won.
“It was a sprint, and none of us spoke negatively about any of the others,” Stutzman said, pointing out that members of the party didn’t even have time to “throw elbows.”
He said that neither Scalise nor Roskam asked him to exit the three way race.
“At the end of the day, we were going to let the members decide,” he said. “He won it on the first ballot so he had the support.”
Stutzman congratulated Scalise, telling reporters that he looked forward to working with him in the House.
“Oh yeah, absolutely,” he said, when reporters asked if he would work with Scalise in the future. “We’re baseball teammates, so we have to,” he added lightly.
Stutzman declined to say whether or not he was interested in running for the Chair of the Republican Study Committee, in wake of Scalise’s absence.
“We’re probably gonna get some sleep, and take a couple of days and look and see where is the best place we can help,” he said, when asked what he planned to do next.