Webster: Actually, I will run for Speaker
Friday, September 25, 2015
TALLAHASSEE – U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Orlando, will run to replace John Boehner as U.S. House Speaker after all.
After Boehner’s shock announcement Friday stepping down effective Oct. 30, Webster seemed to want to let Boehner have the spotlight.
“Yesterday was the Pope’s day; today is Speaker Boehner’s day. Tomorrow is another day,” Webster said in a released statement.
But Friday afternoon, he told conservative radio host Sean Hannity that he’s running for Speaker.
“As I advocated in January, ‘The only way to improve the product is to fix the process,'" Webster said in a separate released statement.
"My goal is for the House of Representatives to be based on principle, not on power. Every Member of Congress deserves a seat at the table to be involved in the process. I will continue fighting for this to become a reality in Washington, and will be running for Speaker of the House.”
Webster challenged Boehner for the Speaker job earlier this year, garnering several votes from House conservatives upset with Boehner’s leadership in January when the new Congress convened after the 2014 election. In turn, Boehner ousted him 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 to intervene in a Leon Circuit Court hearing Thursday, but Judge Terry Lewis denied 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 faction 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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