Boehner might postpone elections for majority leader, whip

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and and Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) are circulating a letter requesting a delay in the elections for the No. 2 and No. 3 slots in leadership. There is also widespread interest in considering a change in internal party rules that would force candidates to resign chairmanships and leadership slots to run for new office.

There is serious unrest in the House Republican Conference, and delaying the elections might give more time for the mood to settle, according to sources involved in the planning.

But the move would also give the right wing of the conference more time to find a candidate to run against Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and Georgia Rep. Tom Price.

“There is a broad interest in discussing rule changes before we discuss leadership changes,” Mulvaney told POLITICO. “Conservatives and centrists alike are interested in changing the structure of the way the conference is run and the way the House is operated. If we move immediately into leadership elections, we may not have time to have the debate.”