November 17th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
12 years ago

For Boehner's birthday: Cake but no press conference

Washington (CNN) - It's John Boehner's birthday, and on his 61st he got quite a present from his House Republican colleagues – a vote electing him to be their leader and the next Speaker of the House.

But a planned afternoon press conference with Boehner to roll out his new GOP leadership team for the new Congress hit a snag on Wednesday. That's because Republicans are still trying to figure out procedures for electing new slots in the GOP leadership for freshmen.

Over 80 Republicans are in the freshman class, and GOP leaders decided to let them elect two of their own to add to the leadership lineup when they are sworn-in in January. But since freshmen have never had to elect their own representatives to leadership before, there are no clear rules for such an election. With such a large class, the process could take a long time, so Republicans postponed their planned 4 p.m. ET press conference until Thursday, according to several GOP aides.

South Dakota Rep-elect Kristi Noem and South Carolina Rep-elect Tim Scott have announced they are running for the two freshman spots, but other new members could also decide to run.

The incoming GOP class also elects a freshmen class president. GOP leaders also added three elected slots for freshmen to serve on the Steering Committee, which decides committee assignments, and a representative on the Policy Committee.

Even though he won't get a birthday press conference, Boehner did celebrate over lunch with his staff and a cake was delivered to the House Republicans meeting shortly before he was elected to be the next speaker.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. NC

    He looks older than 61. He has aged since the midterm election. I guess the thought of being speaker is aging him.

    November 17, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm sure Boehner will have his "private Merlot party". Happy Bday and have a democrat Merlot.

    November 17, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Another Reformed Republican

    Boehner doesn't want to hold a press conference because he has nothing intelligent to say and people are bored with republicanspeak that closely resembles weaselspeak. Enough said!

    November 17, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Peter s

    Happy birthday mr Speaker! I hope this time you will serve the American people and ignore your friends the lobbyists!

    November 17, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Instead of a party, Boner should be run out of D.C. for his part in stalling congress and holding the nation hostage for the last 18 months.

    November 17, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. Marge

    Is that cake green...should be orange to reflect Boehners complexion...must be a good old rum cake. Just his speed.

    November 17, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |