Boehner Retirement Could Open Chance For Scalise
There is no politics more intense than internal politics among fellow politicians. Speaker of the House John Boehner's (R-Ohio) announcement that he was not only giving up his post, but also resigning from Congress quickly triggered conversation among fellow Republicans as to who might replace him. Among the names mentioned is local congressman Steve Scalise (R), who is currently the Majority Whip. Lafayette area congressman Charles Boustany was quick to endorse Scalise. Among the other possibilities is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California). If McCarthy becomes speaker that could open up his Majority Leader position for a Scalise candidacy.
Reportedly Boehner resigned over frustration with the Tea Party faction of the Republicans, whose agenda is to the right of mainstream Republicans. That group could be a key factor in the position's outcome. Scalise could not be reached for comment but is said to be interested in a promotion.