* He lost on the first ballot…
Rep. Peter Roskam on Thursday failed in his bid to become majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives.
House members chose Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.
Scalise will succeed Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who was elected majority leader on Friday. McCarthy was filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., who relinquished his leadership post after being defeated earlier this month the primary.
* Roskam’s fellow Illinois Republicans were not all on board…
Mr. Roskam’s defeat could leave him out of leadership entirely, since the whip names his own deputy. There has been talk that another Illinois Republican, Peoria’s Aaron Schock, might get the spot. Mr. Schock had been expected to vote for Mr. Scalise.
At least two other Illinois Republicans were rumored to back Mr. Scalise: Springfield’s John Shimkus, who is Mr. Scalise’s Washngton apartment-mate, and Joliet’s Adam Kinzinger, who is tight with Mr. Schock.
Apartment-mate over fellow Illinoisan. Brilliant.