Missouri House Majority Leader John Diehl is promising to raise money for the Republican cause — not his personal political aspirations — if colleagues nominate him as the next House speaker.
A leadership competition is brewing within the Republican caucus that has controlled the Missouri House for the past decade.
Caleb Jones, of California, Mo., said Monday he is running for House speaker. That top leadership post also is being sought by current House Majority Leader John Diehl, of St. Louis County.
Republicans now hold a veto-proof majority in the House. Current House Speaker Tim Jones is barred by term limits from seeking re-election in November 2014 to the House.