The Scramble For Speaker Begins

by Anna Palmer , Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan | Politico  |  published on September 26, 2015

Speaker John Boehner’s resignation has set off an intense round of jockeying for all four House leadership slots, setting up what’s expected to be a hypercompetitive internal party battle in the middle of a key stretch of the legislative session this fall.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is expected to run for speaker, and no other Republican has come forward to challenge him yet. The most formidable potential rival for the top spot, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), said Friday he will not run.

Though McCarthy is the heavy favorite to succeed Boehner, who announced Friday that he would step down at the end of October, it’s unlikely he’ll be unopposed.

  • US Army Retired

    Mr. & Mrs. Congress with this golden opportunity please whatever you do put in place a True Conservative. Someone who isn’t afraid of Barrack Insane Obama.

  • paulyz

    No establishment RINOS that think they are next in line. Forget McCarthy, as bad as Boehner. Can’t the Conservatives join together & ram one of their own as Speaker, or if the GOP wins the Presidency, they will be fighting him or her along with the Democrats.

  • freedomoutpost ken

    Jim Jordan from Ohio would be an excellent Conservative choice.

  • Dudley DoRight.

    Louie Gohmert for speaker.

    • ItsJo

      Agree with Gohmert OR Trey Gowdy—Both show they can MIX it UP with DemoThugs and aren’t afraid of ‘offending’….we do NOT need Another Rino-McCarthy, or Other Rino/Dem-Lites.

  • savage24

    With Boehner leaving, the rest of his leadership group should leave too. Playing musical chairs will not fix the mess these guys have caused. McCarthy is a Boehner clone, just another politician without a backbone.

  • Jean Witte

    We do not need Kevin McCarthy, he leans to the left, just like Boehner. I don’t think we would better ourselves with him. I like Mark Meadows, who, I believe started the big push to get rid of Boehner, and I thought I heard Louie Gohmert express an interest. Either of these men are true conservatives and that is what we have to have in the move….oust McConnell!! I think he knows his days are numbered also. The country is tired of the same old liberalism being recycled as conservatism. The only way we can get our country back is to rid the leadership of RHINO’s and buck the establishment arm of the Republican party with stronger conservatives.

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