GOP Cabal Ready to Unseat Boehner: Sources

...assuming it can find anyone to take the job

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 2, 2013 10:42 AM CST

(Newser) – Was the fiscal cliff deal John Boehner's last stand? Washington has long rumbled with reports that conservatives are ready to oust the House speaker, and now sources tell Breitbart that enough Republicans are ready to do it—provided they can find someone else to take the job. "At least 20 House Republican members have gotten together, discussed this, and want to unseat Speaker Boehner," a spokesman for the conservative group American Majority Action says. "That's more than enough to get the job done."

The problem, the group said, is that these malcontents need a leader to rally behind. Eric Cantor is widely seen as a potential candidate, particularly given his opposition to the cliff deal. But Cantor downplayed the rift between the two yesterday, the Washington Post reports. "Majority Leader Cantor stands with @SpeakerBoehner," a spokesman tweeted before the vote. "Speculation otherwise is silly, non-productive, and untrue." The vote for the next House speaker takes place tomorrow.

John Boehner and Eric Cantor enter a second Republican caucus meeting at the US Capitol, Jan. 1, 2013.
John Boehner and Eric Cantor enter a second Republican caucus meeting at the US Capitol, Jan. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to a closed-door meeting with GOP members of the House as Congress.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to a closed-door meeting with GOP members of the House as Congress.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, passes waiting reporters as he leaves a closed-door GOP meeting on the fiscal cliff bill.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, passes waiting reporters as he leaves a closed-door GOP meeting on the "fiscal cliff" bill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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