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Sessions Running For NRCC Chair With Boehner's Support

Sessions is in. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) made it official Thursday, announcing a bid to run the National Republican Congressional Committee.

"While I commend the dedicated efforts of Chairman Tom Cole, the call for new direction at the National Republican Congressional Committee is clear," he said.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) quickly weighed in to back Sessions over Cole, with whom he has clashed. “Tom Cole has guided the NRCC through a difficult time for our party, and I’m sincerely grateful for his service to our team,' said Boehner. "But I believe having Pete Sessions at the helm of the NRCC in the next cycle will give House Republicans our best shot at rebuilding a majority coalition. Pete has the skills needed to recruit top-tier candidates and give them the support they need to challenge a Democratic Congress that has been bought and paid for by liberal special interests. We need Pete Sessions at the leadership table as the next chairman of the NRCC.”

[Updated to include Boehner's statement.]

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