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House GOP Leadership Vote: NTU Ratings Shed Light on Costly Differences

by Brandon Arnold / /

Tomorrow, House Republicans will vote to elect a new Majority Leader and, in all likelihood, a new Majority Whip. Last week, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) posted the NTU Rates Congress scores of the various candidates for these two important leadership positions. Since that time, the Majority Leader race has winnowed down to two men - pitting current Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) against Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).

Here’s how they stack up on NTU’s scorecard:

Candidate

2012 Score

2012 Grade

2012 Rank

Lifetime Average Score*

McCarthy

72%

B-

144

79%

Labrador

90%

A

5

90%

*Lifetime average score is the arithmetic mean of each year’s score. Please note that grading criteria changes from year to year.

Many media outlets are reporting that McCarthy is a heavy favorite. If he does indeed win, it would open up the position of Majority Whip. Running for that post are Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-LA), Rep. Pete Roskam (R-IL), who is currently the chief deputy whip, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN). 

Here are their ratings on NTU’s scorecard:

Candidate

2012 Score

2012 Grade

2012 Rank

Lifetime Average Score*

Scalise

82%

B+

57

84%

Roskam

69%

C+

170

78%

Stutzman

86%

A

24

87%

*Lifetime average score is the arithmetic mean of each year’s score. Please note that grading criteria changes from year to year.

For more information on NTU’s rankings, please click here.