John Boehner’s resignation sparks succession fight

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Boehner Backs McCarthy, Starting Race for Republican Control.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The news of House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation brought hundreds of religious conservatives to their feet to cheer — and one after another, much of the Republican Party’s presidential class joined Friday in their rejoicing. “I’m not here to bash anyone, but the time has come to turn the page,” said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who shared the stunning development with the crowd at the annual Value Voters forum in Washington, where the rowdy cheers spanned 30 seconds. While McCarthy himself had not said as of Friday night what he will do and at least one other House Republican, Dan Webster of Florida, has already tossed his hat into the race, several rank and file members listed McCarthy as the obvious successor. He’s shown remarkable resilience over these years.” Cincinnati Tea Party leader Ann Becker, also of West Chester, has criticized Boehner over such issues as national debt and the federal role in education. The 13-term Ohio Republican has led an unwieldy GOP majority since January 2011, frequently clashing with a group of conservatives who want to aggressively confront the Obama administration in budget fights. “The speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution,” a Boehner aide said Friday. “He just does not want to become the issue,” said Mica. “Some people have tried to make him the issue, both in Congress and outside.

Emboldened tea party leaders across the nation celebrated, too, on a remarkable day for a GOP starkly divided between its ardent ideologues and its pragmatic establishment. And Boehner added his endorsement McCarthy might not be the first choice of restive party hard-liners who chronically attacked Boehner as speaker, but the 50-year-old he does enjoy the advantages of leadership incumbency, a well-funded leadership PAC that he’s used to help the elect the members who will be voting for him, and time spent building relationships throughout the Republican conference. Boehner’s surprise decision to leave Congress at the end of October highlights the rift between the Republicans’ traditional, business-friendly wing — which McCarthy would embody — and an ascendant, anti-government Tea Party faction.

She looks forward “to a new future and a new representative for the district.” She expects many politicians in the Republican-dominated western Ohio district, which stretches across six counties north of Cincinnati, to jump at the opportunity after Boehner leaves at October’s end. With less than five months before Iowa’s presidential caucuses, Boehner’s downfall served as a victory for its conservative wing and a rallying cry for those who seek to ride its frustrations to the White House. “If we are splintered, a moderate establishment candidate runs up the middle with 23 percent of the vote, steals the nomination and then loses to Hillary Clinton in the general election,” said Texas Sen. For nearly six years — first as Republican whip and then as majority leader — I met with John on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis as we worked to lead the House Republican Conference.

Boehner, speaker since 2011, has repeatedly faced rebellions from conservatives in his caucus, and at times relied on Democrats to help pass important measures, such as raising the U.S. debt limit. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, a Republican who flirted in the past with challenging Boehner, said he was getting phone calls from potential supporters. We faced challenges before.” In a sign of how Boehner’s relations with combative conservatives had worn thin, there was a standing ovation at the conservative Values Voters summit in DC Friday when Sen.

It is no secret that we had different styles and personalities, but he was always selfless, a man who put the nation, his constituents, the House of Representatives and the party before himself. Only one of McCarthy’s seven predecessors in the House’s No. 2 leadership perch — John Boehner — has gone on to take the gavel, and even Boehner’s path was not a direct one. Even a leadership packed with Tea Party conservatives won’t do any better in passing their favored measures in the face of a hard-left president and a united Democratic caucus.

If conservatives unite, we win.” The Republican establishment repeatedly beat back conservative challenges in the 2014 midterm elections, helping to give their party control of both chambers of Congress. While individual personalities and their foibles have played a part in this, the shift also coincides with a resurgence between the two major parties of competitive control of the House chamber after what had been four decades of Democratic dominance. A major reason why is that the Republicans have failed to unite around any real agenda — certainly not in the way Newt Gingrich rallied all wings of the party with his Contract With America. The Republicans’ ascendence into the House majority has been accompanied by revved-up intra-party warfare and turbulence, and deteriorating reverence for the committee system and seniority. In fact, since 1989, when Democrat Tom Foley ascended from majority leader to the speakership (his election to that post by colleagues came after an ethics scandal caused Speaker Jim Wright to step down), it has become rare indeed for anyone to duplicate his trajectory from being No. 2 to No. 1.

Republicans will hold their internal leadership elections Oct. 1 to avoid drawing out the process of electing a successor to Boehner, said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma. The Republican Congress has managed to slam the brakes on some of Obama’s excesses — and John Boehner, whose conservative credentials are second to none, deserves a large measure of credit for that. The subsequent majority leaders who did not move up are Democrat Dick Gephardt; Republicans Dick Armey, Tom Delay, and Roy Blunt; Democrat Steny Hoyer; and Republican Eric Cantor, prevented from succeeding Boehner by his ignominious defeat last year in a Virginia Republican primary for his congressional seat. John Kasich has a responsibility for setting the date of a special election, which couldn’t happen this fall because ballots have already begun going out.

But the party is bereft of the sort of innovative proposals that attracted Democratic moderates and pressured President Bill Clinton into adopting much of Gingrich’s agenda. On Thursday evening as he left the Capitol, Boehner told two reporters — one from POLITICO and another from the Washington Post — that he had nothing left to accomplish after he brought Pope Francis to the Capitol. The billionaire suggested that while some people may like Boehner personally, “we want people who are going to get it done.” “How can it be that we’ve sent a Republican majority to Congress, and yet they still not able to stop our country from sliding in the wrong direction?” asked Rubio, a Republican member of Congress himself.

The job involves scheduling legislation for floor action, setting the weekly and annual legislative agendas, gauging the sentiment of caucus or conference members, and in more recent years, being a visible messenger for the party’s positions, or even an attack dog. Bill Beagle and Bill Coley are among legislators who live in Boehner’s district, and a local sheriff and Senate President Keith Faber are also considered to be eyeing the seat. Those 70 years included some memorable speakers who first served as majority leaders, such as Foley, James Wright, Tip O’Neill, Carl Albert, John McCormick, Sam Rayburn, Henry Rainey, Joseph Byrns, William Bankhead, and Nicholas Longworth. Too often, though, certain conservatives show less interest in actually governing than in waging hopeless battles for lost causes at the expense of getting something done. He was part of former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s leadership team when the GOP took over the House in 1995 but was ousted from his leadership role in the wake of the party’s disappointing performance in the 1998 midterms.

Rick Santorum, another 2016 presidential contender, railed against Republicans in Congress who backed down, even when given the opportunity to focus American’s attention on “the horror of abortion.” At roughly the same time that Santorum and other were toasting Boehner’s resignation, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus praised him as “a tireless advocate for conservative principles.” In a written statement issued by his office, Priebus said, “our party owes him a great debt.” Former Florida Gov. If Republicans mean to find themselves in the political driver’s seat, they’ll have to admit that it’s not enough just to embrace ideals: You have to find a practical way to enact them. They really haven’t stayed true to conservative values,” said Pam Anderson, a marina manager who traveled to the conference from Panama City, Florida. And his party never reclaimed the majority before he announced he would not run again for that job in 2002, and Pelosi was chosen to succeed him as minority leader. It was the same week a former bartender at the country club in Boehner’s golf course community was charged with threatening to kill him, possibly by poisoning his drink.

Pressured by conservatives in 2013, he reluctantly accepted a partial government shutdown in hopes of delaying implementation of the new health care law. Tea party lawmakers have been pressing him to retry the tactic to try to take away federal funding from Planned Parenthood after controversial videos emerged involving its practices of procuring fetal tissue for research. “Speaker John Boehner is a decent, principled conservative man who tried to do the right thing under almost impossible circumstances,” he said in a statement. “Let us hope the Republican majority, which Speaker Boehner played a large role in creating, learns the right lesson from his resignation: to work with Democrats in a constructive way, rather than let a handful of extreme right-wingers dictate his party’s policy.” Boehner “subverted our Republic,” added Rep. They took to the airwaves and the Internet and pronounced that congressional Republicans could undo the president’s agenda — with him still in office, mind you — and enact into law a conservative vision for government, without compromise.

Hastert vaulted from chief deputy whip after the Republicans’ first choice, Bob Livingston, has to resign before even claiming the post because of a sex scandal. Last week, he said the Federal Reserve was doing “more harm than good” with artificially low interest rates and creating asset bubbles throughout the economy. Proud of blue-collar roots, Boehner called himself “just a regular guy with a big job.” A commercial in his last campaign showed him mowing his lawn and mingling with local folks. “I respect his decision to resign, but it’s a sad day for Butler County,” said William Keck, an attorney who said he first met Boehner at a church festival during his initial congressional campaign. “I think he’ll always be a superstar around here.” This story has been corrected to show that Gov. Strangely, according to these voices, the only reason that was not occurring had nothing to do with the fact that the president was unlikely to repeal his own laws, or that under the Constitution, absent the assent of the president or two-thirds of both houses of Congress, you cannot make law.

But in 2005, DeLay was indicted in 2005 by a Texas grand jury on a conspiracy charge stemming from a campaign finance investigation, forcing him to cede his leadership post—temporarily, he said at the time—to Representative Roy Blunt of Missouri. Senator Phil Gramm of Texas, a mentor to Hensarling, said in an interview he would urge the lawmaker to seriously consider running for a leadership spot. “We would have someone who is pro-free-enterprise, not pro-free-business,” said Gramm. “Jeb is never going to be for something simply because the Chamber of Commerce is for it.” McCarthy also opposes renewing the Ex-Im Bank.

Now we see that these same voices have turned to the threat of a government shutdown or a default on the debt as the means by which we can force President Obama to agree to their demands. I wonder what they would have said, if during the last two years of President Bush’s term, the Democratic congressional majority had tried something similar. It was then that Boehner, who had been a Republican Conference chair under the Gingrich regime but lost that leadership spot in 1998, won the support of his colleagues for the majority leader’s post, narrowly outmaneuvering Blunt.

Webster’s “pitch is we’re going to reform the institution,” Massie said. “McCarthy’s pitch, I think, is he’s going to wield the same power as Boehner but maybe be more benevolent.” Longshot choices for speaker may include Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, who ranks fourth in the Republican leadership, and Peter Roskam of Illinois, who lost election earlier this year for Republican whip, the third-ranking position. McMorris Rodgers, who delivered the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union speech, is also a potential candidate for majority leader. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012, said he won’t seek the job. “I don’t want it,” he said. Leadership now plays a much stronger and direct role in setting the agenda and negotiating legislative measures, usurping some of the chairmen’s previous domain. The leadership race comes as Congress faces a late October deadline to renew highway funding and a November deadline to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

The Republican shakeup raises the prospect that conservatives will have more leverage to use the debt-ceiling fight to demand spending cuts and other changes. Obama said he learned of Boehner’s resignation as he was leaving from his meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and that the news took him by surprise.

After two terms of President Obama, an economy that is growing too slowly and a retrenchment of American power abroad, the conservative to-do list for the next Republican president is quite long.

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