The Argus Leader reports on the leadership possibilities offered to Senator Thune after his appointment as chief deputy whip:
In his new job as Senate Republicans’ chief deputy whip, South Dakota’s John Thune will get a chance to hone his leadership skills and prove he’s got what it takes to move up the party ranks.
GOP Whip Trent Lott chose Thune recently to be his right-hand man after the South Dakota freshman campaigned for the Mississippi lawmaker’s comeback bid. Lott won the whip job by just one vote last month. Four years ago, he was forced to give up his majority leader post after making racially insensitive remarks.
Lott’s win could eventually boost Thune’s own career if the two – working with the new Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – successfully unite Senate Republicans behind the party’s agenda, political pundits say. Thune will head Lott’s eight-member whip team, whose players must round up votes, make sure those votes stand fast and cut deals, if necessary, to bring reluctant senators on board.
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