The First Big Race of 2006

Continuity could be key in the race for House Majority Leader

You would think a scandal - scarred party might be clamoring for change, but of the three candidates vying to be the next House majority leader, it's the one who stands for continuity who seems to be the favorite. "We need some new vision at the leadership table," says Kentucky Representative Anne Northup, but one question is, How new? The candidates for the old job of the indicted Tom DeLay are Roy Blunt of Missouri, the current majority whip; John Boehner of Ohio; and John Shadegg of Arizona. Blunt has positioned himself as the one who can move the G.O.P. agenda...

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