BOEHNER IS OUT. In an (undoubtedly tearful) announcement to the House Republican Conference this morning, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he will resign both the Speakership and his seat in Congress at the end of next month. Boehner’s stepping aside as the country’s most senior Republican comes as a majority of Republicans indicate they feel betrayed by their party, and after significant chatter indicating a leadership challenge was in the works from House conservatives. Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli issued this statement in reaction:
“Today’s news is welcomed by conservatives across the country. As Speaker of the House, John Boehner was hostile towards conservatives and our principles. Rather than fighting President Obama and his liberal policies, Speaker Boehner embraced them and betrayed his party’s own voters. The next Speaker of the House must be willing to defend the Constitution and stand up for the principles of freedom that make our nation great.”
Next in line for the post is Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who many expect to be no different than Boehner. Stay tuned for fireworks.