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Why Shimkus is conflicted about supporting Roskam for Whip post

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) is not pledging to support the bid of Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) to move up to House Whip, a surprising position since usually in leadership elections, all the homestate members rally around their own. House Republicans will vote for new leaders on June 19 in the wake of the defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), which no one saw coming. The reason that Shimkus is on the fence is that Roskam’s rival for the Whip job, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), is Shimkus’ roommate.

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