November 14th, 2008
06:38 PM ET
13 years ago

Boehner faces challenge for top GOP leadership post

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Boehner is being challenged for his leadership post."](CNN) - In the wake of fresh GOP congressional losses, California Rep. Dan Lungren is planning to challenge John Boehner of Ohio for the top Republican spot in the House.

Lungren’s move is the latest sign some conservatives are unhappy with keeping same leadership at the helm of the conference as the party continues to re-group.

A spokesman for Lungren declined to say Friday how many members are supporting the congressman in what is widely viewed as a long-shot bid.

Boehner responded to the challenge with praise for Lungren. “Dan Lungren is a respected member of our conference and a man deeply committed to the principles that have defined our party since the beginning,” he said in a statement.

Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri has decided not to run for another term as Republican whip in the House. His deputy, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, has already told his colleagues he will be a candidate for the position. Florida Rep. Adam Putnam, the Chairman of the Republican House Conference, is also relinquishing his GOP leadership post in the next Congress.

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Yvette, NC

    He certainly wasn't a game changer. But this is expected of every losing team. They have to shake things up a little.

    November 14, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. dittohead with forty names

    DUKE,you must be so sad today.Your fearful leader Rush Limbaugh was not on the air waves to give you your talking points and tell you whom to hate for the day.Hes coming back monday,so hang in there and dont forget to clean the trash in your moms cellar.

    November 14, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Western Voter

    As a Strong Democrat, I hope the GOP keeps this guy. He has been great for us!

    November 14, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Marylou South Carolina

    "BONER" is not even layal to his state, Ohio, which is heavily dependant on the auto industry. he should be figuring out a way to LEND GM money to help them transition to the new electric car, the VOLT...Instead he is more interested in playing partisan politics..I hope he loses..he is not loyal or trustworthy.

    November 14, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. ED FL

    Old cutie pie Boehner can always take his tanned hide to Minnesota and vist or share the homestead of Larry Craig.

    November 14, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I will also be running for such a post too...

    November 14, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. D

    Excuse me, but it's not just the democrats here that are saying bad things. All party affiliations are saying bad things about each others party, it's called division and this is what Palin the Nazi was spewing all through out the election. So my question is, is it better to vent here on these blogs or would you prefer some unstable person go out and shoot another person for there political belief. Palin needs to be brought up on charges of hate crimes.

    November 14, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Roy - Chicago IL

    We just finished an election, everyone is 'talking' about a united effort...yet the Republicans hold a FL governor's conference about 'how to beat THEM next time', and the same party's leadership is now being fought over like a milkbone.

    How can ANY real solutions to the mess we are in be found when every politician is playing 'CYA' so vehemently??!?!?!?

    The parties have gravitated TOO FAR apart and are polarizing the entire country.....without a change we will splinter.

    November 14, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. tom

    the whole republican party should be disbanded. it is a ancient relic of a bygone era,it is the party of hate violence and stubborness. if they dont move there ideals and beliefs more to the center they are doomed to be less relavent then the independent party.

    November 14, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. teesha

    Your done

    November 14, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. OBAMA 4 President

    Who cares?!

    November 14, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Lady in GA

    Loser! I say nope to the rethuglicans for at least another generation. How dare these crooks destroy America and ask for another chance.

    November 14, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Soft Republican converted to Heavy Democrat 08

    Is it me or does Boehner look like one of those ventriloquist dummies, where you pull a string to make his lips move.

    November 14, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Gia in Los Angeles

    Get Boehner out of there! He's NOT a team player and will only cause trouble.

    November 14, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. dave bryant

    Conservative didn't used to be a bad word. The Republican party has made it into that over the last couple of decades.

    November 14, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. Lucydog

    "By the way, dude, without an EDUCATED POPULACE WE WILL NO LONGER BE A WORLD POWER! Duh."

    Things wouldn't be so bad if the "EDUCATED POPULACE" didn't live their everyday life by the book.

    We'll just have to wait and see how the (Clinton) Obama-Biden presidency will pan out.

    November 14, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. NorthernCA Optimist

    Dan Lungren would be an inspired choice by the House Republican Caucus. He would truly be the gift that kept on giving for the Democrats. He is a social conservative of the cave dwelling variety, obnoxious, bellicose and especially media unfriendly. His ascension to the top leadership post would settle the question of whether the Republicans were interested in building the party or strengthening ties with it already shrinking base. His racist diatribes against immigration reform would alienate Latinos and the ensure that the last few remaining moderates in the Republican party would be picked off in 2010 further entrenching the considerable Democratic majority. Please, Please do it.

    November 14, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. Pat

    I am proud to be a conservative. It appears that most of the followers of CNN, especially on this ticker are avid Democrat supports. That is fine, your choice. It is a shame though you attack us so hard. You make it seem like we are all bad. You all attack anyone that says anything that reflects a conservative or Republican view. We are not all politicians.

    We are all Americans, we buy groceries, furniture, gas, clothing, etc. We, (just like you) pump money into this economy. We pay taxes just like you. But if you owned or ran a business and treated your customers like this just because they don't share the same political beliefs as you, you would drive away a large portion of your income.

    When I donate to a charity or provide first aid to a hurt person, I don't ask, are you a Obama supporter? Think about what your saying in your comments. Much is filled with hate. We are in this problem filled world together. It was created by over 60 years of democrat and republican controlled government that is more interested in their own careers than doing what is right for this country.

    Freedom of speech is fine, but frankly substitute democrat for KKK and the tone of your speech is similiar. Likewise, you could say the same thing about Republicans if you look at fox news. goodbye

    November 14, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Pat

    Someone commented about Republicans need to govern more from the center, I agree, but Democrats need to come center as well. Why is it Pelosi & Ried say now they will govern from the center? Because they don't want to loose their control of the senate/house. Perhaps they should of done the past 2-4 years instead of blaming the other side. It was their plan to make sure they had control of congress and the whitehouse. Lets just disband both political parties, that would get lobbyist out of the picture and have everyone work for a common good

    November 14, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. Peter (CA)

    Geez, you read the posts on these blogs? I think my fellow Obama supporters have tried to be positive but the right wing nut jobs keep coming out of the woodwork. Just look at any post by Raymond Duke, Mike in Syracuse, 3strikes, Rob, Sweetie, Griff, No Hillary, or a hundred others on these blogs. They all say the Obama administration will allow the terrorists in, will ruin the economy, will hand out money to the folks on welfare, etc, etc.

    They never provide any facts. They just spew the stuff they hear from idiots like Rush, Hannity, Ann Coulter, and the rest. Personally, I would love to see some intelligent discussion. Maybe you should ask the right wingers to stop the inane attacks.

    November 14, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)


    How is a 53-46 split, a difference of 3%? Is that the new math Bush was pushing?

    By the way, the economy is tanking. It will take new Democratic policy to make the change. Do some research-since the 1930's, the economy has grown MORE under Democratic presidents than under the Republicans.

    November 14, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. Frantz

    I am a democrat Pat, and even though I may not share your views, I respect because that is what makes this country so beautiful. I liked Bush, he seems real, like an every day guy and I truly believe that he could have been the greatest president in the history of the United States, but he let the Religious nuts take control of his policies and that was his end.
    I believe that the Rep. party has some very smart and talented people in his core, but at times it seems that the Rep. party has become a party of slogans without ideas. I just read a statement by Senator Demint criticizing McCain for his stands on immigration and more importantly global warming. Can you imagine that Clinton was impeached yet he's beloved around the globe, but Bush is despised, hated by most heads of state.
    As long as the demagogues in chief ,Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, Giuliani, Boehner are the faces of the Rep. party, we are a one party country.

    November 14, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Frantz:

    Bush would have been WHAT?!?!?!?!?!

    November 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. JNC, California

    Republicans-Truth is optional.....Well said!!!! I agree 100%....I am for anybody as long as it's not that nutjob Palin!!!! We as a country need to unite! For somebody that is a so-called Christian she still continues to flip-flop and lie!! Thank you CNN for not talking about her on this blog!! Yes We Can!

    November 15, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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