Herrera Beutler mum on GOP leadership choice

By Lauren Dake, Columbian Political Writer



U.S. House Republicans picked Kevin McCarthy to serve as their new majority leader on Thursday after Eric Cantor’s defeat last week in a Republican primary.

Party members voted on private ballots.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, declined to say for whom she voted, but her spokesman said it was for the person “she thinks can move the House GOP conference toward solutions.

“There are several major challenges facing our country, and Jaime believes that there are Republican solutions that would address them, as well as the will within the party to carry them out,” Casey Bowman, her spokesman, wrote in an email.

Herrera Beutler is confident there’s room for “a diversity of opinion within the party” and that despite what seems like inner-GOP turmoil, the party’s “similarities are stronger than their differences.”

“We still face a $17 trillion national debt, and Jaime joined the vast majority of her party in supporting a House Republican plan to balance our federal budget in 10 years,” Bowman wrote. “People across Southwest Washington agree that our immigration system is broken; look no further than the crisis on the border right now for evidence. Jaime and a strong coalition of her GOP colleagues are hopeful that we can fix our immigration system this year,” Bowman wrote.

— Lauren Dake