11:34 AM, Nov 16, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Iowa congressman Steve King has endorsed Texas senator Ted Cruz for president. Watch the video of King's announcement below:
"February 1, do your duty for God and country, come to caucus and support Ted Cruz for president of the United States," says King.
King's district spans northwest and north central Iowa, a rural and conservative part of the state. The six-term congressman has become a sought-after supporter in the Iowa caucuses in recent cycles.
Cruz has been though to have the "inside track" to getting King's endorsement, as National Journal put it, though it was not a sure thing. A former King staffer, for instance, is the state director for Donald Trump's Iowa campaign. And besides, the congressman did not endorse before the 2012 primary, only saying he liked both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
The endorsement could certainly help Cruz as the Tea Party favorite works to earn support from across many of Iowa's influential conservative networks:
The Texas senator and emerging conservative favorite in the field has all the right pieces in place for an outright victory in Iowa. Cruz has around eight staff members in the state and he’s begun to lock up endorsements from lawmakers. Staff and endorsements are important, says one source close to the campaign, but the big focus is on organizing activists—from county GOP figures and homeschoolers to evangelical pastors and even some libertarian activists who supported Ron Paul in 2012.
An important element of Cruz’s organizing strategy is Vicki Crawford, a homeschool activist with a large network in Iowa. Crawford’s support for Cruz is a good omen, since she backed the 2008 caucus victor, Mike Huckabee. Another element is the pastors, and Cruz is about two-thirds of the way toward his goal of having 99 influential ministers (one for each of Iowa’s counties) supporting his campaign. Lock up both the homeschool and evangelical networks, and you’ve got a significant segment of the Republican bloc in your corner.
Update: As Daniel Strauss of Politico notes, one of King's sons, works for a super PAC supporting Cruz for president.
2:24 PM, Oct 22, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House's select committee investigating the Benghazi attacks, spent several minutes at Thursday's hearing questioning former secretary of state Hillary Clinton over the unusual advisory relationship she had with an old friend who had business interests iin Libya.
12:55 PM, Oct 22, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Hillary Clinton acknowledged that the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed on September 11, 2012, in a terrorist attack did not have the secretary of state's personal email address.
10:32 AM, Oct 22, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Republican chairman of the House select committee on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack told Hillary Clinton that his investigation is "not about" the former secretary of state, despite claims to the contrary from members of Congress in both parties.
South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy spent his opening statement at Thursday's hearing defending the work of his committee. At one point, Gowdy directed his comments toward Clinton herself.
12:44 PM, Oct 9, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
All is fine and well in the House GOP conference, according to to the Republican rank-and-file.
“We just had a great conference,” said Tennessee’s Marsh Blackburn as she left the Friday morning meeting in the Capitol. “We’ve got a great conference.”
“There’s a lot of communication,” said Jackie Walorski of Indiana.
Asked about the mood in the meeting, Alabama freshman Gary Palmer said, “There’s a lot of good humor.”
The Republican party is not united.5:24 PM, Oct 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It was just over a week ago when House majority leader Kevin McCarthy first considered dropping out of the race for speaker.
12:29 PM, Oct 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican and House majority leader, has pulled himself out of the running to replace House speaker John Boehner. National Review Online's Eliana Johnson broke the news:
11:39 AM, Oct 8, 2015 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The House Select Committee on Benghazi will be making public next week new documents that demonstrate Sidney Blumenthal was seeking business in Libya as he was advising then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in the country. According to a letter from Chairman Trey Gowdy to Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, at least once Clinton sought to aid Blumenthal's business interests in Libya.
The Arkansas Republican is calling for a criminal investigation.2:54 PM, Oct 5, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas senator Tom Cotton will place a hold on three ambassador nominations until the Obama administration agrees to investigate and discipline officials within the Secret Service over a leak of private personnel information about a sitting congressman.
Cotton plans to deliver a speech from the Senate floor Monday afternoon decrying the Secret Service and its director, Joe Clancy, after several officials accessed the information for Jason Chaffetz, the Republican congressman from Utah and chairman of the House oversight committee, which oversees the Secret Service.
4:17 PM, Sep 28, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House majority leader Kevin McCarthy officially announced his campaign for speaker of the House. In a letter sent to his fellow Republican congressmen, McCarthy promised that if elected he would lead a House of Representatives that would "have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people" as well as having "the wisdom to listen to our constituents and each other so that we always move forward together."
4:09 PM, Sep 17, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
For some, politics is the family business, and increasingly so in Washington. On Thursday, Illinois Republican Darin LaHood was sworn in to the House of Representatives, taking over the seat once occupied by disgraced congressman Aaron Schock and, before that, LaHood's own father, Ray LaHood.
The 2012 runner-up lowers expectations for Iowa.8:33 PM, Jul 20, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rick Santorum is keeping expectations low for his second presidential campaign. Asked if he would need to win the Iowa caucuses to stay in the race, the former senator said it “depends.”
“If I finish third and half a percent behind first, I think I feel pretty good. If I finish third and I’m ten points out, well, that’s a different story,” he told a small group of reporters in a Washington restaurant Monday afternoon.
12:15 PM, Jul 16, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
How should Republicans in Congress approach the process of repealing Obamacare? Jeffrey Anderson suggests a careful use of Senate reconciliation rules. Here's Anderson: