The two top names being floated to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan are not "constitutional conservatives," says a longtime conservative activist.
The two most prominent names are current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
Ryan told NBC News last week that he supports McCarthy and Scalise is reportedly backing that decision.
Longtime GOP conservative Richard Viguerie, now chairman of website Conservative HQ, says neither McCarthy nor Scalise are "movement conservatives" in the House of Representatives.
"Neither one of them are principled, limited government, constitutional conservatives," complains Viguerie, whose activism dates back to the 1970s. "Neither one of them are going to be about the business of draining the swamp."
Political scientist Dr. Charles Dunn, of Clemson University, says the key is what happens in the fall midterm races.
"If Republicans retain control of the House," predicts Dunn, "I would say McCarthy would be the odds-on favorite to win the Speakership. But if Republicans lose control of the House, we would have to turn to history: When a party loses control of the House, usually it changes leadership especially if it's a significant loss."
Both political observers tells OneNewsNow they wouldn't be surprised if another nominee emerges from the Freedom Caucus, a small army of solidly conservative lawmakers who caused frustration for Ryan and other GOP leaders.
Politico reported late last week that Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio is considering a bid for Speaker, too.
Jordan, who founded the House Freedom Caucus, is described as a "hard-liner" and "conservative firebrand" in the story.