In a rare sign of political unity, every single female House Republican member has moved swiftly to back the candidacy of Virginia state Del. Barbara Comstock's House bid to succeed one of her old bosses, retiring Rep. Frank Wolf.
While this type of women power unity is typical among Democrats and their groups, like Emily's List, it's not as common among Republicans. Even more, it is unheard of in a primary race, giving Comstock, known for her truth-squad efforts against former President Bill Clinton, a huge step up over her opponents in the GOP face off to win the nomination.
The members will attend a fundraiser for Comstock on Feb. 12 at a Capitol Hill breakfast event jointly hosted by the candidate and the GOP political action committee Value In Electing Women, a Republican answer to Emily's List.
It's the latest sign that conservative and establishment Republicans are trying to clear the way for Comstock to win the nomination. Even conservative talk show host Mark Levin has already backed her bid.
A conservative who worked for the Bush administration and helped lead House investigations into multiple Clinton-era scandals, Comstock has won her state district three times even though it's home to Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
The list of female House Republican members backing Comstock: Tennessee Rep. Diane Black, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Alabama Rep. Susan Brooks, West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx, Texas Rep. Kay Granger, Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Michigan Rep. Candice Miller, South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby, Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner, and Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.