72 percent of GOP voters dissatisfied with Boehner, McConnell
House Speaker, Republican leader, and Ohio congressman John Boehner will step down in October, he announced last Friday, amid tensions within the conservative political arena over his leadership.
Boehner reportedly told a Republican meeting last week that he did not want to be "the issue" at hand amidst conservative infighting.
The Guardian reports that the Speaker has been subject to intense criticism from within the Republican party over his leadership, despite being re-elected to the post on January 8.
Boehner has served as House Speaker for four years and as an Ohio congressman for over 30. An aide said he will resign on October 30.
He has been emphatically pro-Israel, and personally invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in Congress earlier this year - a controversial move, after Politico revealed that Boehner’s and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff coordinated with Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
The Speaker of the House is third in line for the presidency and is widely considered one of the most powerful in Washington.
My mission every day is to fight for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government,” Boehner, who initially neglected to hold a news conference on his decision, said in a statement. “Over the last five years, our majority has advanced conservative reforms that will help our children and their children. I am proud of what we have accomplished.”
The news first broke after Boehner informed colleagues he would resign during a closed-door meeting last Friday morning. The Ohio congressman, who has served as House speaker since 2011, has faced increasing pressure from conservatives to more aggressively pursue their causes.
“The first job of any speaker is to protect this institution that we all love,” Boehner said.
He explained that he initially planned to resign from his post at the end of 2014 but remained in power “ to provide continuity to the Republican Conference and the House.”
“It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution,” Boehner added, announcing his resignation on Oct. 30. “My heart is full with gratitude for my family, my colleagues, and the people of Ohio’s eighth district. God bless this great country that has given me–the son of a bar owner from Cincinnati–the chance to serve.”
According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out Friday, 72 percent of Republican voters are dissatisfied with Boehner and McConnell. (Washington Free Beacon)