Ready For More Boehner? Boehner Is
March 4, 2014 by Ben Bullard
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday he fully intends to be Speaker of the House again when the dust has settled after the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, heâ€™s all but certain of it.
Boehner told The Cincinnati Enquirer Monday that not only does he plan to seek another term as speaker, but, he gloated, â€śIt wonâ€™t even be closeâ€ť when Congress reconvenes to select a speaker following the midterms.
Boehner chalks up his next shoo-in not to the good will of voters in Ohioâ€™s 8th Congressional District or to a broad-based clamor from Americans appreciative of his leadership, but to a swelling chumminess with other House Republicans whoâ€™d rather see him continue in the position than offer up a new Congressman for the position.
â€śI think Iâ€™m in better shape with my own caucus than I have ever been in the last three years,â€ť Boehner explained.
So far, Boehner looks to be a lock for the GOP nomination to retain his House seat. He faces opposition in the primary election from a trucker and an anti-amnesty, anti-Fed computing consultant. The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC also recruited schoolteacher J.D. Winteregg to run against Boehner in the May 6 primary.
In all, Boehner faces eight Republican challengers, a handful of whom agree on most of the Tea Partyâ€™s conservative talking points. Each of them will have a steep uphill climb against Boehner.
Although the Speaker of the House doesnâ€™t have to be an elected Congressman, tradition has always placed a Congressman in the role.