Outgoing GOP Rep: We Have Enough Votes to Unseat Boehner

Outgoing GOP Rep: We Have Enough Votes to Unseat Boehner

Outgoing Louisiana Republican Rep. Jeff Landry told Breitbart News there are at least 17 GOP members who plan to unseat House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, and Boehner may resign on Wednesday evening during or after a GOP caucus meeting.

Landry, who lost his bid for re-election in a member-member race to leadership-sponsored Rep. Charles Boustany, told Breitbart News that “if they don’t got 20, they’re so close to 20 – they’re close.”

Landry said another member organizing the effort told him they’ve got at least 17 – which is the bare minimum needed to unseat Boehner. “They’re somewhere between 17 and 20,” Landry said in a phone interview. “I think they’re trying to get to 25.”

Landry added that that another member told him “there’s a pretty good chance Boehner will resign at the conference tonight.”

Ron Meyer from American Majority Action made a similar claim. “I have confirmed with a group of Congressmen that Speaker Boehner will not be elected Speaker tomorrow,” Meyer said in an email to reporters. “He will either resign or be forced out tomorrow.”


** UPDATE — Boehner is now making concessions in what AMA’s Meyer says is an attempt “to try to save face.” The Hill reports he told Republicans he won’t negotiate one-on-one with President Barack Obama anymore. 

“He is recommitting himself and the House to what we’ve done, which is working through regular order and letting the House work its will,” a Boehner aide told The Hill.

Boehner also caved on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, and will now have a vote on the package on Friday.


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