Rep. John Boehner was re-elected today as Speaker of the House, but not without some drama. While there were rumors that he may be challenged, or even resign, in the end he had enough votes to win.
The vote wasn’t unanimous, as nine Republicans broke ranks from the leadership. Among them, Rep. Paul Broun(R-GA) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) voted for former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), and Rep. Jim Bridenstine(R-OK), Rep. Steve Pearce(R-NM) and newly elected Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) voted for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. One Republican voted for former Sec. of State Colin Powell. Boehner garnered 220 votes, just surpassing the 214 that was required.
Boehner’s plan for his second term as speaker includes no more one-on-one meetings with President Obama. An aide to the speaker said that Boehner is done with closed-door talks with the president, according to a Fox News report, and instead will let “the House work its will” through regular order.