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. Karen - Missouri

    I really don't like Boehner and Blunt is fueled by lobbyists. So there probably SHOULD be many changes made by the Republicans. It's time they thought about AMERICANS instead of their silly ideology...a much outdated ideology at that.

    November 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Independent In NY

    The snakes are starting to eat each other.............

    November 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. twoheadedboy

    to raymond duke who seems to think that liberal cities are all falling by the wayside with corruption and degradation. ever hear of portland oregon? this is an example of how a city can be run in a pretty liberal environment. and as of jan 1 of 2009, with an openly gay mayor. the first openly gay mayor of a major city in the u.s. that must cause all you good 'ol boys to shudder in your tracks.

    come up here and see for yourself.
    come to think of it, don't. we don't want you here...

    November 14, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Ian

    Haha, Ron Paul told you so!!!!!

    November 14, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. jimmy

    The Prezelection is OVER , America. We have to unite to bring our
    economy back in good shape and help our new prez create jobs and stop companies from goung uner and/or going to foreign countries to make profit. American oguth to be buying American goods and products. Let us all stop wrangling about the past election. Some people already spreading rumors about an Obama National Security Force like some kind of super secret paramilitary force under the direct command o the new President.. Such talk is nothing more than fear-mongering. Americans are too freedom loving and patriotic to let a dictatorship take shape in our great country. I believe Obama is sincere in his pledges to be a good executive for The People of America. Folks give him a chance.. He is already working to implement his plans for our country on Day One.

    November 14, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Vence

    If they want to win on the future they need three things!
    Get rid of the seniles in the party... I mean the good old boys.
    Immigration Reform.

    November 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Mike Dallas

    I hope the republicans do not change one thing about the party or the party leadership. I think it is doing just fine.

    I am sure at some point in the future they will be in sync with the rest of America!

    November 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Vence

    Coalition for change>
    Women of Hillary
    independents after palin pick.
    lets get rid of this 90% white, old, racist party once and for all.
    Enough is enough.

    November 14, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Greed is not good

    Boehner is a pathological liar. Good riddance

    November 14, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. bonehead Boehner

    I laugh at this moron,he doesnt have a clue.At least Delay was a crook with a pair.

    November 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Allan

    To "Christpher Winter & Michael Furlong BFF!!!"

    Umm, this thread is about the House Minority Leader position, not the RNC chair.

    And this may be over your heads, but Sarah Palin is not a member of the House of Representatives and therefore ineligible for this post.

    Thanks for demonstrating why Palin and anyone who supports her should be kept from playing with sharp objects.

    November 14, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Gracie

    This guy is nothing but a clown in the RNC's Circus of Clowns. I hope they keep him so we can spank that butt again in 2012!! HA! HA! HA!

    November 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Larry

    Republicans-truth is optional party,

    I agree with you on many points that you have taken the time to write,but it's not even close to being that bleak for the Republican Party,the popular vote was only a 3% difference (6,000,000 people) between Obama and McCain.That's not that big of deal considering how many people were voting against Bush,and other reasons you listed.The Media and the advertising budget also are a big factor,and Obama just looks Presidential and is great at speeches.

    The near future will let us find out who we really elected,that's when people will help rebuild the Republican Party .Far LEFT ,RAISING TAXES,BIG GOVERNMENT,will all stop or slow the recovery of our economy.

    If we bring the troops and the war home,as soon as there's terrorist attack,people will realize how bad we have screwed up.

    November 14, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. mark

    The republican party as it stands today is archaic; however, true conservative values are not. Most people cling to that "center-right" views of small/less government, avoid deficit spending and keeping the gov't's nose out of our private lives as much as possible. Original conservatives also were pro-environment (i.e., "conservation"; see Theodore Roosevelt). These ideals have been lost on the extreme evangelical right that has hijacked the party, and called themselves "neoconservatives". They have practiced the opposite, and judging by how far mis-informed many neocon/bush supporters are (i.e., 25%+ believe Iraq was responsible for 9-11; Obama is Muslim), by their practice, seem closer to nazism than conservatism. In agreement with Repub-Truth Optional

    November 14, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    It is truly a pleasure to see these fine represenatives of the party of hate, fear, and evil tear each other apart! Keep up the good work!

    November 14, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. mark

    unemployment may hit 10% BEFORE Obama hits office.
    thank you, gw bush.
    you must be drinking the rush limbo kool-aid since he blames Obama for the economic mess, despite the fact bush has been in office during the peak and subsequent/current fall of the economy.

    November 14, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Dan from Philly

    This is simply a good move. If "Boner" had any integrity, he'd step down. You had your shot and it didn't work out. The GOP clearly needs to move on both for their own good and to show that they've learned something. They are still going to need independent and centrist democrat votes to win elections. Keeping with the same team would be crazy.

    -from a die-in-the-wool democrat

    November 14, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA


    That's the problem with the are BLIND to the TRUTH!

    How about SEATTLE a liberal city?? Its thriving! Portland, OR., etc.!

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

    November 14, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. Luigi ina California

    Interesting to see the GOP in such a state- this is the party that was supposed to be in power for what, 40 years? Just takes one rotten president to be the party pooper for the rest of the pack. Without a real alpha leader, all the second dogs get to snarl their way to the "top." As a long-time Dem, I'm lovin' it. Go, fellas. Remember, it's not the size of the dog in the fight....

    November 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. independent 2008

    kick the bum out

    November 14, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Chuck

    If Blunt and Putnam are relinquishing their old leadership roles, so should Boehner. The old guard must go, after their miserable failings while in thier old leadership roles.

    Howver, I take exception to Eric Cantor. He does not deserve to be in the running.

    November 14, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Chris in Va.

    @ Raymond Duke- As my moniker states I'm from Virginia, I'm sure you've heard of it, Capital of the Old South, guess what Genius, We have a Democrat Governor, Sitting Senator, and Senator-Elect and we have one of the strongest economies in the nation. Kind of shoots down your idiotic theory doesn't it? Take a good long look in the mirror, the face you see staring back at you, once you remove your white hood, IS the problem, not the solution.

    P.S. The word is neuter, and a certain German dictator with a funny moustache thought the same way you do.

    November 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Franky

    I just wanna know where do we sign up? I mean, you sure know as heck I'm getting on the action! LOL!!

    Is time to show the GOP my magic, LOL!!

    November 14, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    DUMP HIM! ANYBODY will be better than that overly partisan, neocon dinosaur!

    November 14, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. Just Some Guy

    When I read about the GOP and its recent identity crisis, I'm reminded of the Mac commercials on TV. But with a different cast....
    Windows is played by the GOP.
    Mac is played by Barack Obama.

    November 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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