Skip to comments.Hensarling for Speaker Gains Traction as Discontent With Boehner Grows
Posted on 05/27/2014 4:19:28 PM PDT by cotton1706
Rep. Jeb Hensarling is gaining more visibility as conservatives grow more discontent with House Speaker John Boehner.
The attention is fueling speculation that the Texas Republican, who was first elected in 2002, may seek the speaker's job next year should Boehner step down, CNN reports.
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"It's not something I've aspired to," Hensarling, 56, told the network last week after a speech in Washington sponsored by Heritage Action, the lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation. "It's not something I'm thinking about."
Telling CNN that he was "flattered" at being asked about possibly succeeding Boehner, Hensarling later added: "No, I haven't been Shermanesque. Again, I'm not sure there's any opportunity I want to foreclose."
Boehner, 64, is in his 12th congressional term and his second as speaker. He has insisted that he expects to be re-elected to the top GOP spot after the fall elections, though he declined to commit to serving out the full two-year term to CNN earlier this month.
But as conservatives increasingly clash publicly with Boehner, speculation continues to rise that he might step down after November.
In January 2013, for instance, a dozen House Republicans voted for others as speaker or voted "present" a sign of no confidence and news reports circulated this month that as many as 50 conservatives are working to infiltrate the GOP leadership in 2015, with the immediate goal of pushing aside Boehner.
Further, conservatives complained that Boehner waffled over creating a select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks, which he did this month, and the speaker mocked fellow Republicans over their fear of immigration reform at an Ohio Rotary Club speech last month.
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Jeb for Speaker - AYE!!!!!!
It should be a secret ballot what with all the possible consequences.
Why do people say they may seek the Speaker’s Chair IF Boehner doesn’t run? Why doesn’t someone challenge him. Competition is good.
If he is 100% better than John, then yes. I want a speaker who will tell the Marxists/RINOs/Dems that if they want bipartisanship, it’s time for them to bend over.
For the good of our country, we need to include in our prayers that Boehner, Cantor et al. will be replaced by conservatives.
Do we have an open thread on Texas?
“Why doesnt someone challenge him.”
He doesn’t need to announce yet. He’s probably lining up votes.
As Long as John Sits as speaker of the house, the Republican party is saying to us all that it is committed to the defeat, John’s reign has brought us.
IMHO, the question is: What hasn't Boehner done to piss off us conservatives? His comportment at that Rotary meeting was deplorable.
It would be nice to see that limp wrister Cantor go as well.
I'm pretty much up on what's going on in the US political scene and this is the first I've heard from this invisible pol.
Reminds me of the "memorable" choice of Hastert. Where the heck did he come from? Where the heck did he go? What the heck did he do?
“Hastert. Where the heck did he come from?”
When Gingrich was deposed, Tom Delay ran the House. Hastert was Delay’s underling.
Hensarling is of a different sort. He doesn’t work with the leadership.
Hensarling, on the other hand, seems to be a solid conservative supporting, and voting for, legislation to rein in the federal budget.
If prayers will get us that result,
That should have been, If prayers will get us that result, I’ll start praying tonight.
I believe that he wouldn’t allow bills to get to the floor unless a majority of his caucus wanted them. I’m not sure of Boehner ever invoked the “Hastert Rule”.
I could be wrong but, in that event, I await enlightenment.