"John Fleming is part of the ultra-conservative faction of the House, the Freedom Caucus. This is a group of lawmakers who have really been pushing for new faces in the leadership, more conservative leadership."
Scalise, the current House Majority Whip, looks to move into the number two leadership position in the US House. Alford says the timing of Fleming's endorsement is interesting since Scalise stated last week that he had enough votes secured to win the election.
"Then we see Fleming come out, after the weekend on Monday, saying that he supports Steve Scalise. Whether he gave Scalise that support before or after he had the votes to win is something I don't know right now."
The election to select the new House Majority Leader is scheduled for Thursday. Fleming is the last state Congressman to support Scalise's effort. Alford says this is a big plus for Scalise.
"But it seems like now the entire Louisiana Delegation is onboard. Scalise can say he has a solid group behind him."