John Boehner has announced to the rank and file, according to Bloomberg, that he has decided to step down from his position as House Speaker. This decision comes amid the funding debate that has threatened a possible government shutdown next week.
According to an aide, as cited by the same report, “Boehner is citing the defeat last year of former No. 2 Republican Eric Cantor and his meeting this week with Pope Francis as among reasons.” It is his duty, his aide continued, to “protect the institution.”
He has been rattled by the conservative wing of his Republican party, as reported by Reuters, and the resignation is effective at the end of October.
Although there is no clear successor yet, Reuters reported that Representative Peter King mentioned Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the current second in rank in the Republican party, is a hot name to replace Boehner.
Boehner is the 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. He has served as a member of the Republican Party since 1991. He is from Ohio’s 8th congressional district.