With the announced resignation of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner a welcome reality, a downside looms.
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House majority leader, is Boehner’s ‘right hand man,’ who frequently veers left. Still McCarthy has been regarded as the presumptive successor to Boehner.
Conservatives oppose promoting McCarthy to the leadership position in the wake of Boehner’s upcoming departure. The prevailing thought is that such a move will leave in place a team that has failed to deliver on its promises or oppose Obama’s “executive” overreaches.
Reps. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) both announced their intentions to run in opposition to status-quo McCarthy.
Freedom Works which tracks key votes called on conservatives not to support McCarthy — calling him Boehner 2.0.
Today in a closed-door vote of the House Republican Conference for speaker, Webster received the conservative support.
The full chamber, in a public roll call vote, will vote on Boehner’s successor on Oct. 29. At that time, 218 votes are needed to secure the leadership post.
AZ U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon is a founding member of the invitation-only House Freedom Caucus, a group of approximately 40 Republicans devoted to limited-government principles. Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert are also members.
The later October date pushes the GOP leadership elections up against a major vote to raise the federal government’s nearly $19 trillion debt ceiling.
The Obama administration advised Boehner in a letter last week that the debt ceiling has to be raised by Nov. 5 or the U.S. will risk defaulting. During Boehner’s tenure, he relied on a group of squish Republicrats to join with Democrats to pass similar legislation.
Has a new day dawned?
FOX News is reporting McCarthy has dropped out, saying, ’It’s best that we have a new face.”