November 14th, 2008
06:38 PM ET
14 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. mitch

    he is scary looking. and acting. he reminds of the guy on 'the omen lll'.

    November 14, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Christpher Winter & Michael Furlong BFF!!!

    We just love Sarah Palin and she should be the RNC chairwoman! She will buck the system and be a maverick and that's why we love her! Go Sarah! You betcha!

    November 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. TyWebb

    Boner is a bitter jerk. Knock him off his perch.

    November 14, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Observer

    The GOP needs to learn that they cannot continue their "business as usual" strategy, especially given America's ever-changing demographics and attitudes. It's kind of like if someone were trying to convince everyone that DOS is better than Windows. The GOP simply has to start all over, and that begins with new leadership. After all, if you have a business that is underperforming, don't you shop around for a new CEO?

    November 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. JB

    I find Mr. Lungren somewhat rude and offensive. I don't see him as being able to bring republicans into the current century. No skin off my nose.

    November 14, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. SD,Michigan

    I won't take them seriously until they "regroup" and present us with their "winning team" for 2010. So, till then...I'll just enjoy myself watching the show. Where's the popcorn? hehe

    November 14, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Yeah, let the religious fanatics take over the republican party. We will have our own civil war do deal with.

    November 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. GOP


    Let the failures fail and let the strong survive.

    Throw out O'Reilly, Hannity , Rush, Coulter, Savage, Palin, Ingram and all those who lost their seats while your at it.

    LET THE STRONG SURVIVE The country will be stronger for it.

    November 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Barbara in NC

    I've never paid any attention to GOP folks, but from what I've seen and heard the last several months they seem to all be self-centered and divisive.

    Start over from scratch. Let them all go.

    November 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. D

    Boehner how do you pronounce his name, as boner?

    How about general Petraeus, as Betray U.S.?

    November 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Jackie

    Well I can guess the political leanings of most of the posters on here. I don't know Boehner from Adam, but I do know that he was the only one on the TV that was standing against these crazy bailouts that were being shoved down our throats. That should count for something.

    November 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Richard

    Keep Boehner. He's said enough stupid things that Democrats want him to stay.

    November 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Peggy - TX

    The republican party is now the party of NOTOBAMA the party of “it’s the end of the world as we know it”. They have no message. They stand for absolutely nothing. They will languish in the wilderness for the next 12 years as the minority party. Time to stop whining and start working with Dems if you want to keep your job because America is united behind Obama and the job market in the private sector is brutal right now.

    November 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Chris

    Republicans – Truth is Optional Party.....I could not have said that any better!!! YOU ARE TOTALLY RIGHT and i'm a Democrat!!!!

    November 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Chuck

    Republican – Truth is Optional Party.
    I couldn't agree with you more. The only problem is that the religious right has been so successful in infiltrating the republican party, that over the last 10-15 years there are such a large number who are already in office who are religious fanatics, that it will be almost impossible for them to condemn them . The republican party is stuck with the religous right, as it has become their "immoral" voice. Just hope that educated Americans don't fall victim to this cult.

    November 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. HouseDiva

    good riddance roy blunt...and your corrupt son matt blunt...missouri doesnt want you two jerks.

    November 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Frantz

    Get him out, he's an ideologue and a fool for criticizing Present Elect Obama for choosing Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff. Everyone with a bit of brain matter knew that a judicious choice regardless of party affiliation, except that guy. It's a position where you need a pit bull, moreover the choice of Emanuel alone says to Israel, I have your interest at heart, and to the Middle East don't you dare mess with us or Israel.
    He did not get and that's a shame.

    November 14, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Democrats Need To Grow Up

    You won the presidency, and if it was the reverse, I'm sure the democrats will make changes in their senior leadership as well.

    Worry about Obama's change ideology, and stop trying to defocus on his promises by concentrating on our Republican reform.

    I'm not sure if you realize it, but the more humor you aim at the Republicans, the less solid of a party you seem.

    Obama is not in the white house yet, but when he gets there and his promises are not kept, you better be ready for scrutiny. Oh by the way, you do realize that next november is also an election year for congress right?

    So democrats, stop bickering and be mature.

    November 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Mike

    Wow. This guy even looks like another Bush, without all the gray hair .

    November 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Brent Hall

    Everyone can just lay off the "religious fanatics" remarks. Go check a little history, and see for what purpose this great country was founded. Check out what our founding fathers had to say about God. They were fanatics, as you call them, and neither am I. I'm no hard-core Republican, either, as too many have simply given lip-service for the sake of getting the evangelical vote. Well, because the causes wasn't in their hearts, it has cost them and cost them dearly. It has cost those of us who truly care, too.

    November 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Brent Hall

    I meant to say our founding fathers were NOT fanatics.

    November 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. S. Boatman

    His Name Is Boner! . . . You Know He Will Screw You!

    November 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Boise, ID

    I am a Democrat leaning person. I always have been. I keep hearing how Republicans are for smaller government, less spending and less taxes. If they ever actually stood for that, I might become Republican. I keep hearing about how Democrats are for Tax and Spend. I don't believe that, but I like the sound of it much better than the Republican affection for Borrow and Spend.

    November 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Raymond Duke

    I am from Missouri. If we could get rid of all the welfare slugs in St. Louis , Kansas City and close Columbia University down Missouri would be booming again. I find it funny that all the states that have democrats in charge (liberals) they are all broke and looking for handouts, house foreclosures , plant closing and high unemployment. Maybe you people will get smart one of these days like the southern states and have budget surpluses in your states. The only places hurting in our states is the cities were all the welfare slugs reside. If your old or disabled we need to take care of you. If you can work and do not want to, then take the kids if you have any, spay the women and nutter the men and then let them all starve.

    November 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Tired of W, OH

    Out with Boner!

    November 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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