Republican House members wince at Boehner-Cantor ‘palace intrigue’

January 6, 2013

Boehner & Cantor
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 Christie’s (R) press conference, where he ripped House Republicans and their “palace intrigue.” 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 Boehner’s staff, the legislator said.
Another Republican member said, “Boehner wouldn’t speak to Cantor that night.”

Boehner wasn’t talking to many people Tuesday night after he moved through the “fiscal cliff” deal brokered by the Senate. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the Speaker, but couldn’t reach him.

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