Robert Novak: House Republican upheaval?
House Republican upheaval?
Nov 26, 2005
by Robert Novak
WASHINGTON -- There is no doubt Rep. John Boehner of
Ohio is quietly enlisting support from fellow House
Republicans to elect him as majority leader in
January. The question is whether Rep. Tom Reynolds of
New York also is campaigning to be majority whip.
Reports of a Boehner-Reynolds ticket have circulated
in Washington, but Reynolds vigorously denies it. If
he does run for whip, Reynolds would be accused of
cutting and running from his duties as House
Republican campaign chairman because of the difficult
2006 midterm election ahead.
A special election in January would mean House
Republicans have given up on Tom DeLay getting rid of
his criminal indictment in Texas in time to resume the
majority leader's chair in this session of Congress.
Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri has been acting