Not this time.
Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican from Texas, won’t back Rep. Marlin Stutzman or any other candidate in the contested race for House majority whip, spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said today.
Cruz, whose deputy chief of staff Paul Teller was fired by Rep. Steve Scalise in December, hasn’t — to her knowledge — scheduled any meetings this week with House Republicans.
Republican Reps. Stutzman, of Indiana, Scalise, of Louisiana, and Peter Roskam, of Illinois, are vying for the No. 3 leadership post in the House as Whip Kevin McCarthy of California runs for majority leader in the aftermath of Rep. Eric Cantor’s election loss in Virginia last week. The House’s Republicans plan a vote Thursday.
During the 16-day partial government shutdown in October, Cruz met with more than a dozen House Republicans at a low-budget Capitol Hill Tex-Mex restaurant to plot legislative strategy.
Stutzman was one of the House Republicans who attended the meeting during the shutdown, according to Roll Call, which first reported the session.
Through May 19, Cruz had contributed to four House Republicans’ re-election bids through his leadership political action committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington group that tracks campaign spending. They are Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Steve King of Iowa, Steve Lonegan of New Jersey and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.