Jonathan Strong writes:
“My sense at the present time that the Speaker doesn’t have the support of the conference,” says South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan about John Boehner.
The discussions behind closed doors, which have picked up dramatically in past months, are still at the early stages, and it’s not clear whether Boehner will even come back. There are also still nine months left in 2014 – an eternity in politics.
But based on interviews with a broad array of plugged-in Republicans over the last several weeks, it seems unlikely the transition into 2015 will pass through peacefully.
“There are conversations being had,” Duncan adds.
Strong also discusses possibilities Boehner might not run for re-election as speaker and reports one unnamed Republican Member of Congress saying that 40 members already oppose Boehner. Possibilities for Speaker might be Eric Cantor or Jeb Hensarling, with Cantor as the frontrunner if Boehner were to not run.
Boehner’s spokesman says he’s running again and Cantor’s spokesman says he support Boehner as Speaker, so all of this discussion may be for naught ultimately.
For the record, Jeff Duncan lives in my hometown and represents the 3rd District, where I used to live.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.