Sources Think Boehner's Done as Speaker
Spokesman says he plans to keep the job
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 5, 2013 12:33 AM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Barack Obama speaks to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Several insiders tell the Huffington Post that John Boehner could exit the House speaker role after 2014, despite his July assurances to the contrary. "The speaker has made clear publicly he intends to remain in his position in the next Congress," says a Boehner rep. But others close to the speaker suggest otherwise: "He has to say that. He can't not say that. The minute you say (you're leaving), you're done"—but "everybody around him thinks this is his last term."

"It's the overwhelming, working assumption as people are making strategy going into 2015 and 2016," says another GOP figure. For one thing, HuffPost notes, Boehner might not be able to keep the job even if he wanted it. Tea Partiers nearly voted him out last time around, "and that group of opposition has only grown," notes another insider. On the other hand, the speaker fears the prospect of a GOP in disarray should he leave. Meanwhile, several names have emerged as replacements, led by Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the Financial Services Committee chair. Click for more.

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Sep 8, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
The Koch brothers own the GOP. The tea party gang has been used as a tool of the corporate elite. As long the extreme right funnels money to the 2% they can pass any outrageous social law that they wish to. Those primaries are funded by the ultra elite. If any candidate gets out of line, the rich will direct their $$$ to someone else.
Sep 5, 2013 12:19 PM CDT
Doesn't he need to be re-elected first?
Sep 5, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
Did the timer on this turkey finally pop up? I know it's been a nice orangish/brown color for a while. I just thought the timer broke and nobody knew it was time to remove the turkey.