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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by David Sherfinski


Cantor pollster: Methodology 'woefully inadequate' for 'jungle-style primary'

A top GOP pollster who had House Majority Leader Eric Cantor winning in a walk last week acknowledged in a post-primary memo that his team's methodology was "woefully inadequate" and said the poll should have taken into account the possibly of non-Republican voters participating. Published June 19, 2014

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., arrives for GOP leadership elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 19, 2014. House Republicans elected McCarthy as majority leader, party's No. 2 post. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kevin McCarthy elected House majority leader; Scalise picked as whip

House Republicans chose Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California to be their new majority leader Thursday and elected Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana to succeed him as majority whip, giving conservatives a staunch advocate on the GOP leadership team. Published June 19, 2014

Rep. Raul Labrador, Idaho Republican, a long shot to become the next house majority leader, said Republicans that run the chamber gives staff in leadership offices more influence than it gives to regular lawmakers. He contrasted it with his time serving in the Idaho state legislature, where he said every lawmaker had influence, something he'd like to see in the House. (Associated Press)

Long-shot Raul Labrador shakes up majority leader race

Win or lose, Rep. Raul Labrador's long-shot bid to become House majority leader has exposed a desire among rank-and-file Republican lawmakers for more input — and more fealty to conservative positions — as GOP leaders set their priorities on Capitol Hill. Published June 18, 2014

Two emerge as frontrunners in GOP leadership race

The race for the House GOP's whip leadership post is turning into a two-man affair, lawmakers said Wednesday after emerging from a closed-door meeting where they heard pitched from the candidates. Published June 18, 2014

"I would say that our team does not practice together, we don't think together, we don't share information together, we don't work together," said Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, who dropped out of the race for majority leader last week. "I'm for unity. I'm for a person who understands unity." (associated press)

House Whip contest heats up amid acrimony, calls for unity

Ahead of a potentially fractious three-way contest for House Majority Whip, Republicans on Tuesday stressed the need for a unifying conservative voice in a conference that's often been split between leadership and the rank and file. Published June 17, 2014

Rep. Raul Labrador suffered a setback over the weekend in his challenge against Rep. Kevin McCarthy to become the House Majority Leader when he presided over a chaotic state party convention in which Idaho Republicans failed to elect a chairman or adopt a platform. (associated press photographs)

Conservatives seek geographic diversity in next whip

With Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy poised to ascend the House leadership ladder, conservatives are turning their attention to the race to succeed him as their best chance to have one of their own win a high leader's post. Published June 16, 2014

**FILE** House Financial Service Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 27, 2013. (Associated Press)

Rep. Hensarling will not run for House Majority Leader

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a favorite among some conservatives in the House, will not seek the job of majority leader in the wake of Eric Cantor's announcing he will step down from the post next month. Published June 12, 2014

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, appears to have the inside track to replace Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, as the House Majority Leader now that Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican, has dropped out of the running. (Associated Press)

Kevin McCarthy takes lead in replacing Eric Cantor

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy appears in position to be the next majority leader, as Rep. Pete Sessions dropped out of the running late Thursday after Mr. McCarthy locked up strong support from top Republicans. Published June 12, 2014

Dave Brat speaks to supporters Tuesday after defeating Republican Congressman Eric Cantor in Tuesday's Republican primary for the 7th Congressional District in Virginia. Mr. Brat, who called his win "a miracle" was not ready to discuss policy with the press Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Unheralded David Brat adjusts to life in the limelight

Even after the little-known, underfunded David Brat took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Tuesday night's Republican primary, the 49-year-old college economics professor still couldn't quite comprehend it. Published June 11, 2014

** FILE ** Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gestures as he addresses the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va., Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Ken Cuccinelli joins Senate Conservatives Fund as new president

Former Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is the new president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group organized by former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina that has worked to support conservative political candidates across the country — oftentimes against Republican incumbents. Published June 11, 2014

State Sen. Phillip Puckett denies that he is stepping down in order to receive a position on the Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission, but his move hands control of the chamber to Republicans. (Associated Press)

Senator's resignation puts Va. GOP on path to resolving dispute on Medicaid

Republicans on Monday acted quickly on their newly secured majority in the Virginia Senate, announcing plans to call lawmakers into session to resolve a protracted dispute over Medicaid expansion and the state's budget after the sudden resignation of a crucial Democrat. Published June 9, 2014

National Security Adviser Susan Rice (Associated Press/File)

Rice: Bergdahl 'innocent until proven guilty'

National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Friday clarified comments she made Sunday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served the United States "with honor and distinction," saying that his decision to enlist in the Army was honorable. Published June 6, 2014