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Mitt Romney Holds Off on Backing Paul Ryan for Speaker

Failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, held off on supporting his ex-running mate for Speaker of the House in an interview with David Axelrod, a Democratic strategist who helped elect President Barack Obama—the same Obama who beat Romney in the 2012 election.

J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

CENSOR: Renee Ellmers Locks Out Reporters

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), a liberal Republican congresswoman from North Carolina, censored the press in her district on Tuesday—refusing to allow credentialed members of the media to ask legitimate questions of the congresswoman about her alleged affair with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy or about the House Speakership race.

Exclusive — Alabama’s Becky Gerritson: Martha Roby Making ‘Huge Mistake’ If She Backs Paul Ryan For Speaker

Becky Gerritson, a Tea Party movement leader from Alabama who is running against her GOP congresswoman Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) in a primary, is drawing a line in the sand when it comes to the Speakership vote: Absolutely, no way no how, should Roby vote for the pro-amnesty, pro-Obamatrade House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for Speaker of the House should he run.

John Boehner

Chaos in Congress: House of Representatives a Mess as Boehner Charts Pathway to His Resignation

At first, it seemed as if his heir apparent House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy would easily ascend into the speakership and that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise would easily replace McCarthy, and Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) would easily ascend into the Whip’s role. Now, one of that seems easy or likely as the growing conservative wing of the conference—emboldened by Boehner’s resignation—is demanding a series of structural reforms to the way business in done in Congress rather than just a reshuffling of the deck in leadership post-Boehner.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (AP)

Kevin McCarthy Declares Candidacy For Speaker of the House

McCarthy’s announcement comes on the heels of current Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, announcing his resignation last Friday. That came after Boehner lost significant support among his own party and apparently wouldn’t have won reelection should a motion to remove him have come up for a vote. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) led the way in getting Boehner’s ouster, putting forward in late July a measure called a motion to vacate the chair. Meadows rallied his fellow Republicans against Boehner’s failed leadership, eventually leading to his resignation.

Roskam: Republicans Gather Enough Votes For Special Conference To Slow Down Speakership Election

Republicans in the House of Representatives have banded together to ensure a cooperative debate on strategy and party disagreements before House GOP conference chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) can try to help House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) take Rep. John Boehner’s ’s soon-to-be-vacated job as House Speaker, and instead force a special extended conference meeting that can now happen without McMorris Rodgers’ approval.

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