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    John Boehner resigning at end of October

    John Boehner resigning at end of October

    Now the fight to elect a new Speaker begins

    Speaker John Boehner will resign from his House seat at the end of October.

    The Hill reports:

    Speaker John Boehner told GOP lawmakers on Friday he will resign at the end of October.

    The embattled Ohio Republican will resign from both his Speakership and his House seat, he told GOP lawmakers at a closed-door conference meeting.

    “Speaker Boehner believes that the first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution and, as we saw yesterday with the Holy Father, it is the one thing that unites and inspires us all,” a Boehner aide said.
    The aide said the Speaker had only been planning to serve through the end of last year but decided to stay on after then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suffered a stunning primary loss.

    “The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution,” the aide said.

    “He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his Speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.”

    Watch press conference LIVE: There was supposed to be a live press conference, but it was cancelled when it was announced Boehner left through the back door:

    Turns out. the press conference was held later:


    Here are some reactions:



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    Watching Newt Gingrich talking about Boehner on FOX. Educational, as usual.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Valerie. | September 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Newt Gingrich could take Boehner ‘to school’ better than anybody else can, but what Boehner really needs is to be horsewhipped in the town square and run out of town on a rail.

    JackRussellTerrierist | September 25, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    The only thing missing from Boehner’s bye-bye speech was a few nice, loud, well-placed hiccups.

    “You dumb bastards *hic* don’t appreciate me so I’m *hic* resign…resigning *hic* end of the month next *hic* month. Next month. Goddamned *hic* conservative bastards just don’t *hic* get it. *hic*”

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