Steve King Still Backing Daniel Webster For Speaker, Cites Strong Anti-Amnesty Record, Promised Reforms

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AP Photo/Phil Coale
Washington, DC

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is reminding members of the House of Representatives that nothing has changed since Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dropped out of the running for Speaker of the House. King is encouraging members to throw support behind Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) for Speaker, saying he can “bridge the divides currently running through [the] Conference.”

“The best candidate, Daniel Webster, is gaining momentum for his demonstrated leadership. Dan is arguing for a principled member-driven approach that will transform the culture of the House. His approach will bridge the divides currently running through our Conference,” King wrote in a letter obtained by Breitbart News, which was sent to House members and the Conservative Opportunity Society.

“Others are learning to speak the language of principle over power but no one else understands and has the necessary convictions to transform the House. Certainly no other candidate has actually done what Dan has done,” King added. “And, no candidate running or rumored to run has matched his commitment to conservatism or bottom up governing.”

Breitbart News’ Matthew Boyle reported recently that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) – who the establishment has been pushing to throw his hat in the running for Speaker of the House – has repeatedly confirmed he isn’t entering the race, and nothing yet has occurred to change his mind.

Webster and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) are the only two declared candidates for Speaker of the House.

King said he nominated Webster for Speaker last January and again threw his support behind Webster last week because of Webster’s commitment to bottom up governing and conservatism.

Daniel has a proven track record as Speaker of the Florida House and an excellent record opposing amnesty. He is staunchly pro-life, pro-traditional marriage and a defender of the Constitution. No one in the Conference has raised concerns to merit opposing Daniel or the demonstrated principled leadership at the foundation of his candidacy. To bring the Conference together in support of the cause of conservatism, I hope you will join me in announcing your support for Dan Webster for Speaker so the momentum behind his race will continue to grow. Please let me know if Dan can count on your vote for Speaker.

King is encouraging other members of the Conservative Opportunity Society to also put their support behind Webster for Speaker of the House.

House members return to Washington, D.C. on Monday after a week of recess.