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, he’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, “It won’t even be close” 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 Ohio’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 who’d rather see him continue in the position than offer up a new Congressman for the position.
“I think I’m in better shape with my own caucus than I have ever been in the last three years,” 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 Party’s conservative talking points. Each of them will have a steep uphill climb against Boehner.
Although the Speaker of the House doesn’t have to be an elected Congressman, tradition has always placed a Congressman in the role.