Political Insiders Say John Boehner's Ousting May Come Soon

Politico's Jake Sherman is finding that House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is in danger of losing his position. Sherman co-bylined an article with fellow Politico reporter John Bresnahan by writing:

"Figures in his close-knit circle of allies are starting to privately wonder whether he can survive an all-but-certain floor vote this fall to remain speaker of the House. And, for the first time, many top aides and lawmakers in the House do not believe he will run for another term as House leader in 2017. The Boehner era might be coming to an end, they say."

In addition, they quote Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), one of Boehner’s best friends and closest allies, who says:

“That’s a personal decision he has to make. I don’t know why he would want to, personally,” Westmoreland told Politico when asked if he will run for reelection. “But I do think that he feels, in his heart of hearts, he feels like he’s doing what’s best for this country — regardless of what the political consequences are. That says something about somebody.”

They went on to write:

"Uniformly they sympathized with his plight: Caught between an intractable right flank and a Democratic president, they say he’s managed to get a remarkable amount done. But they also questioned Boehner’s viability in the near- and long-term — most of them spoke privately to protect their relationship with him — as the 65-year-old speakerapproaches a quarter-century of service in the House."

Furthermore, they state “Boehner’s aides say they expect a vote to oust him, formally known as a motion to vacate the chair. Boehner allies privately acknowledge the daunting challenge.”

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