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. bill

    get rid of this idiot boehner.this guy is more arragonet than bush.if thats possible .looks like its going to be a loooong dry spell for repubs.and they deserve every bit of it.after standing with the worst.sooo called president in history.

    November 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Brian

    I think they should all pack up for Alaska – there is plenty of wilderness there for the entire GOP (what's left of it) and they can spend time with their new "star" Sarah Palin. The GOP brand is poisoned and the party is in ruin. I guess we should thank Bush for that – he has made it possible for the Democrats to take control for the next decade (at least).

    November 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Bob Stephens

    Boehner is a representative of the old and Nasty Republican Party. He looks more like a pool hustler than someone you would trust running the government. Get rid of him...

    November 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. vahe

    one crook left another crook takes the place

    November 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Rockford

    Republicans – Truth is Optional Party

    All that and this election was amazingly close considering how people felt about Bush...

    After Obama's tax plan hits and un-employment hits 10/12% you will see that big swing back in congress... then in 2012... See Clinton/Congress 94

    November 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. mp

    The GOP have 2 strategies of governing 1.) Greed 2.) Fear. And in the period of Bush being in office and them holding most of the cards they flaunted this. Proof is the horrible shape this country is in today. Proof is $700 billion to bailout fat cats on wall street...the GOP's best friends. Proof is Bush saying no to bailing out GM...a top employer of blue collar workers in this country. If there are any people working for GM who voted for Bush or McCain...can you see NOW how little you mean to them. And the fat cats on Wall St....have you heard that they are paying $60 billion in bonuses to their top tier of management? Yeah...of the $700 billion taken from you and me on main street to "save" them they are going to take $60 billion of that and reward themselves. That's $7,000 out of every single tax payers money. But Bush refuses to bailout main street and the GOP could care less.

    November 14, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Conservatism

    Man is not perfect, but conservatism will triump. The gate of hell shall not prevail.

    November 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. ran

    Boehner needs to go. He is a great example of what is and has been wrong for too long in our politics. We need change and those who are willing to do what is best for the country not for themselves or their party and Boehner is a party person through and through.

    November 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Simmy

    He looks like a real-life Inspector Gadget! LOL

    November 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. mp

    And Brent...the GOP in office today happen to be fueled ($$$) by religious fanatics. And honestly that is they're biggest I say hey, let them stay religious fanatics. The farther they fall, the better off this country is!

    I want the GOP to hold on to everything they "think" is good and pure. Like no abortion rights, no gay rights, nothing to help main street America because hey–main street Americans don't line their personal pockets but, big money wall street and oil barrons do so they get all the breaks, they get all the bailouts, they even get tax breaks for sending jobs OUT OF THIS COUNTRY putting tons of American people out of work. A major problem in this recession we are in right now bought and paid for by Republican politics. I say let them stay the way they are. EXACTLY as they are.

    This past election proves beyond a doubt there are way more of us than there are of them. Barack Obama broke a million records on his win of the White House. Actually he broke them ALL. No man EVER has experienced as big a win as Barack did and they know this. If they can't catch a hint that they're a bunch of idiots more power too them. I smile wide every single time I hear one shout the same stuff they've been preaching for the past 8 years and is responsible for putting them on life support. These are people INCAPABLE of change. So let them stay as is. In 20-30 years the majority of them will be retired or will have gone home to our Lord.

    And one more thing...section 60 at Arlington Cemetary should be renamed "Section 60 Created and Filled by George W. Bush & Crew ". And he could care less. They should rename Walter Reed with the same title. Another place has cared less about.

    November 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. some guy in New Hampshire

    Boehner has made it clear that he's a stuck-in-a-rut, conventional right-winger whose allegiance is to Republican Party ideology first and the pragmatic interests of the US second. If he can be replaced with someone who has an agile intellect and can turn the loyal opposition into an instrument of useful dialogue with Obama and the Democrats, that would be positive. More of the Gingrich-Palin-Hannity brainless right-wing rant would be suicidal for the GOP.

    November 14, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. sglman4Obama

    I love when the Repubs fight amongst themselves! The truest definition of "Cock" fighting I ever seen.

    November 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. 60 year old, white female for Obama

    Boehner and his ilk must be very anxious and suspicious about the Obama/McCain meeting...

    November 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Allan

    I live in Dan Lungren's district. He is so deeply in bed with lobbyists and so unresponsive to his constituents. I can't imagine a worse choice for the role.

    So as a Democrat, I say, Go Lungren!

    November 14, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    I think the Republican Party needs to figure out where they are before they look for someone to lead them to where they want to be.

    November 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |


    November 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Bridget

    I wonder if Boehner cried about this. He cries a lot.

    November 14, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Thye only thing worse than a poor looser is a poor winner. Way to go Obama supporters. You've made a mockery of everything your guy says he wants to do. Do you think your comments will help him bring us together? Kicking someone when they are down is about as unAmerican as it comes.

    November 14, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |


    November 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. G.R.I.T. - Girl Raised in the South

    Raymond Duke:

    Related to David Duke, perhaps? Wish you were?

    Anyway, my state, Montana, is represented by two Democratic Senators and a Democratic governor. We happen to be one of the only states with a growing economy. So, you can stick your theory.

    November 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. EV

    Eric Cantor is another Republican idealogue, just like his mentor. I don't know anything about Lungren but he can't possibly be as bad as the other two. Might as well give him a chance at reaching across the aisle and working with the Dems.

    November 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. SD Demo

    Boehner is a malcontent, well-suited for the all-I-can-do-is-gripe position as leader of a perpetual minority party. It would be sad to see him leave. Maybe he could position himself as VP on a Palin 2012 ticket. They deserve each other. I used to enjoy watching buildings being exploded, but watching the GOP tear itself apart is even more fun!!! Boom!! Boom!!

    November 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Frank Lee

    Oh, oh. Food fight brewing in the mental institution's cafeteria.

    Stand back please – let them work this out like the adults they claim to be.

    November 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Santa Fean

    Excellent points made above...I'll just add this. What if "conservatives" really wanted to conserve? Say they got on the side of the environment? Say that they abandoned big oil and supported energy independence for the USA in 10 years? Or kept the ban on drilling in our preserves? Naw...the conservatives will focus on Palin, guns, gays and being very narrow minded....per BillO/Sean/Rush and then wonder why they lose.

    November 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Chris F.

    @Raymond Duke, You are a moron and an idiot. The reason why these places are hurting is becuase of the Bush Recession. If all theses cities would not have lost jobs do to offshoring of jobs to China and India. But I am sure in your Rush/Hannity delusions you need to wake up and see the truth. The GOP is full of Liars and dirt bags. I am from Ohio and Boehner is a moron..

    November 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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