GOP Darling?

South Dakota Senator John Thune seems to be a favorite son of the DC GOP. First he was urged, but turned down a run at the chairmanship of the NRSC and now he has been tabbed as the chief deputy whip under Senate Whip Trent Lott.

In his first term in the Senate, John has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, and I want to put his clout to work in developing the whip strategy to get the votes for our priorities,” Lott said in a news release. “John will be actively engaged in our leadership team.”

Thune will be the chief whipping boy over the other regional whips whom were also named by Lott and they include Sen. John Sununu of New Hampshire, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana.

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