Representative Raymond Poe says he’s not giving up on his quest to become House GOP leader, even though it appears the deck may be stacked against him in a showdown caucus vote on Thursday.
That vote was moved up by allies of Poe’s main rival for the job, Representative Jim Durkin. Poe insists he could line up a majority, but some of his supporters cannot be in Springfield for the rescheduled vote on Thursday. And Poe says his request to let them vote by phone was rejected.
But appearing on the 970 WMAY News Feed, Poe said that if the vote doesn’t go his way, he will still work with Durkin to improve the party’s fortunes in the race for Governor and legislative seats.