“Speaker of the House” Tim Moffittt?
(Raleigh News & Observer) This year’s General Assembly session has coincided with the ramped-up U.S. Senate campaign of House Speaker Thom Tillis. His bid for federal office also means fellow Republicans are thinking more about whether they’ll succeed Tillis as speaker in 2015. The half-dozen or so GOP lawmakers most discussed for the job have key leadership positions, giving them the opportunity to make an impression by passing legislation or building coalitions before the session soon ends. Others are helping raise funds for GOP candidates, with the hope they’ll be remembered as a team player when incoming House Republicans gather after the November legislative elections to nominate a chamber leader. Several also have filled in for Tillis by presiding over floor debate, potentially helping rank-and-file Republicans envision whether someone can manage the daily legislative work for the next two years. Rep. Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe has publicly expressed interest in the speakership.
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