What About Cathy?

Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers is one of Capitol Hill’s better-known faces. She’s vice chairman of the House Republican conference and an ally of Speaker John Boehner. She’s also gaining notice on the airwaves. On Sunday, for example, she appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, where she sparred with Rachel Maddow and Hilary Rosen.

Outside of the Beltway and her Spokane-area district, McMorris-Rodgers remains, for the most part, a political unknown. But that hasn’t stopped a handful of Republican insiders from citing her as a dark-horse veep contender. “The attention is not surprising,” says GOP consultant Ford O’Connell. “She’s been doing excellent work, speaking on behalf of Romney. But a lot of people would have to fail to meet the mark before she gets the call.”

Other Republican sources generally agree with O’Connell: McMorris-Rodgers is considered a rising star, but she is far from a likely selection.

Read more from Robert Costa at The National Review

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published this page in In The News 2012-04-30 21:00:00 -0400
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