Webster reacts to Boehner resignation
Friday, September 25, 2015
TALLAHASSEE – U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Orlando, isn’t saying yet whether he’ll run for U.S. House Speaker, after Friday’s announcement from Speaker John Boehner he’ll resign effective Oct. 30.
“Yesterday was the Pope’s day; today is Speaker Boehner’s day. Tomorrow is another day,” Webster said in a released statement.
“As a former minority leader who became the first Republican Speaker of the House in Florida since Reconstruction, I know that leadership is not an easy task. It takes a lot of hard work, and for that, Speaker John Boehner should be commended. I have been honored to serve with him in Congress.”
Webster garnered several votes from House conservatives upset with Boehner’s leadership in January when the new Congress convened after the 2014 election. In turn, he was ousted from his seat on the House Rules Committee.
Though he was Speaker of the Florida House in the mid-1990s and served in the Florida Senate, Webster might be an unlikely candidate for the job on Capitol Hill. His seat is in jeopardy as the Florida Legislature meanders through the congressional redistricting process.
The latest maps drafted by the House and the Senate, which are currently under lower court review, would shift Webster’s district to one that leans heavily Democratic. An attorney for Webster tried unsuccessfully to intervene in a Leon Circuit Court hearing, with Judge Terry Lewis denying his motion to question witnesses in the case.
Boehner’s announcement came as a shock to many House Republican members. He is currently in the middle of a battle with the right-wing of his party, attempting to find a way to pass a budge to keep the government running past Sept. 30. A large cadre of conservative members say they won’t vote for a spending bill that continues to fund Planned Parenthood, after a series of videos released by an anti-abortion group this summer showed nonchalant talk of altering abortion procedures to obtain different fetal tissue to donate for medical research.
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