House Republican lawmakers are wincing at the renewed focus on the relationship between Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
The spotlight is back on the Boehner-Cantor dynamic in the wake of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christieâ€™s (R) press conference, where he ripped House Republicans and their â€œpalace intrigue.â€ Christie on Wednesday praised Cantor for his handling of a Hurricane Sandy relief package while lambasting Boehner.
Republican members said there was a striking lack of communication between the Speaker and the majority leader on the Sandy relief bill. Cantor worked closely with lawmakers from the Northeast on the issue, and the bill was scheduled to hit the floor late Tuesday night.
A Republican lawmaker said Cantor first learned that the bill had been pulled from the New York/New Jersey delegations. They were informed of the news from Boehnerâ€™s staff, the legislator said.
Another Republican member said, â€œBoehner wouldnâ€™t speak to Cantor that night.â€
Boehner wasnâ€™t talking to many people Tuesday night after he moved through the â€œfiscal cliffâ€ deal brokered by the Senate. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the Speaker, but couldnâ€™t reach him.
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