Handshake Averts Republican Power Struggle

Handshake Averts Republican Power Struggle

A caucus battle among Republicans in the has been averted.

Last week, House Minority Leader Del. (R-Shenandoah) announced his run for speaker. The announcement came one day after Del. (R-Gate City) threw his hat in the ring for House speaker.

While Gilbert had expressed confidence that he could convince a majority of his colleagues to support him, a handshake deal between Gilbert and Kilgore has all but secured the later’s candidacy to be Virginia’s next House speaker.

Richmond’s 8News reports

While the vote won’t be held for another six days, an agreement between two Republicans seems to have settled who will be Virginia’s next House speaker.

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Kilgore, the caucus’s campaign chair for this year’s elections, called for “fresh leadership” when announcing his intentions to seek the role of House speaker on Nov. 3.

The race for speaker was set to be the first inter-party power struggle in the newly flipped House, but it didn’t last long. In a joint letter, Gilbert and Kilgore informed caucus members on Nov. 5 that they have agreed to back each other for different leadership roles.

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“We are writing to you today to let you know that we have come to an understanding with one another about our intentions with respect to seeking leadership roles. Todd is proud to endorse Terry for Majority Leader, and Terry is proud to endorse Todd for Speaker,” they wrote. “Ultimately, any final decision will be left up to you.”

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