Rumors have persisted for months that the 64-year-old Ohioan would not seek a third term as Speaker. But after Rep. Cantor’s (R-Va.) primary loss and the subsequent change of his top deputies, Boehner has assured colleagues that he will remain in place to provide the conference with stability.
“I always thought he would run again. Now I’m certain. He’s made it abundantly clear to the conference,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a staunch Boehner ally.
“Speaker Boehner is in a very strong position to be reelected Speaker. That’s his intent, and he intends to serve out certainly through the next Congress,” said Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.)…
Boehner no longer has an obvious successor. If he retired, it would cause further turmoil within the already unruly House Republican Conference.