Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:23 AM
PennsylvaniaMatt (940 posts)
Two Sources Now Confirm That More Than 20 Members Will Oppose Boehner
In an appearance on CNBC, American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer said there are more than 20 House Republicans willing to vote for someone other than Boehner on Thursday when the 113th Congress convenes to elect a Speaker. Another source from a different organization has similarly confirmed that more than 20 have planned to oppose Boehner.
Meyer and AMA correctly predicted Republican opposition to Boehner’s fiscal cliff “Plan B" and the overwhelming House Republican opposition to Vice President Joe Biden’s and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s fiscal cliff deal that passed the House on Tuesday evening.
Outgoing Louisiana Republican Rep. Jeff Landry made a similar prediction earlier in the evening, telling Breitbart News that between the required minimum 17 members and 20 were on board at that point.
Despite rumors that he might do so, Boehner did not resign at a Republican conference meeting Wednesday night.
The reason why some, including Landry, thought Boehner would resign Wednesday is because that group of members supposedly approached Boehner and offered him a way to avoid the public fight that will likely take place on Thursday. An emergency Republican conference meeting was called on Wednesday evening and Boehner’s decision not to resign sent a message to those who want to unseat him that he believes he will survive tomorrow's vote.
Freshman Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas is on the record publicly stating he’ll oppose Boehner on Thursday, but the members also need a leader to rally around. Though there has been speculation that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may emerge, his spokesperson would not respond to Breitbart News’ inquiries about whether he would. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy also would not go on the record as supportive of Boehner.
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Response to MKITEM (Reply #1)
Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:30 AM
UTUSN (39,685 posts)
2. Shortly after convening at Noon. So the dude who was wrong yesterday is predicting today, too.
First Thoughts: Boehner boxed in
.... ...like never before… But he will still likely win re-election as speaker… ....
By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Brooke Brower
.... ...Boehner likely will once again win election as speaker. ... ....
*** But he will still likely win re-election as speaker: As noted above, with today’s start of the 113th Congress, the House of Representatives will vote to elect a speaker of the House. While it is likely that John Boehner will be re-elected as speaker, per NBC’s Frank Thorp, we could see the first second ballot for speaker since 1923 if 16 conservatives decide to vote against Boehner. Thorp adds that the 113th Congress will convene for the first time at noon ET, after which the House will vote to elect the speaker. Members will be called by name alphabetically and asked for their vote. This vote is different than typical votes, which are done electronically during a set period of time. The speaker needs a majority of all votes cast to be elected. If all members were to vote, Boehner would need 217 votes, unless there are members who are absent for the vote, or members who vote "present" (for no one). By the way, it seems that the House No. 2 Republican, Eric Cantor, was caught selling out the king in the Sandy mess. Here was Christie at his press conference: “I was called at 11:20 last night by Leader Cantor and told that authority for the vote had been pulled by the speaker.” Just askin’, but when Cantor decided to share with Christie his version of what happened to Sandy relief, did Cantor know Christie would go public? Remember all those stories about Cantor and Boehner becoming closer? Um, yeah… how do you spell a-w-k-w-a-r-d?
Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Reply #6)
Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:53 AM
onenote (24,493 posts)
9. The lead source is Ron Meyer
whose prediction that only 50 house repubs would vote for the fiscal cliff deal was off by 35 votes, which suggests one should take his predictions about who will and won't support boehner with a large dose of salt. The second source is unnamed. (A third source is an outgoing one-term tea party member of Congress who was redistricted out of a job by his own party. All of this is being reported by Beibart.
So I think I'll await some credible information.