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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Boehner Wins, Bachus Backs Right Horse

John Boehner is the new Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives. Roy Blunt led on the first ballot, but fell short of the majority necessary to secure the position. On the second ballot, when the race narrowed to only a Boehner/Blunt race, Boehner picked up all of third place finisher John Shadegg votes and Blunt actually lost one vote from the first to the second ballot. Boehner won 122 votes to Blunt's 109.

So Boehner wins in a mild upset and Blunt will remain as Majority Whip.

The only Alabama Republican to back Boehner was Spencer Bachus. Bachus' endorsement could help his bid to become Chair of the Financial Services Committee in 2007. The other Alabama Republicans didn't back the winner, but with Blunt still holding the Whip slot, I don't think anyone expects reprisals from the Boehner camp.

Boehner now has to be considered the favorite to succeed Dennis Hastert as Speaker if he, as expected, retires in 2008.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bachus really is underestimated in Alabama politics and maybe in DC, too. Seems rather smart for a politician.

7:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the GOP really wanted to show the people that they were serious about changing the way they do business in Washington, they would have selected Shadegg. I predict they will pay dearly in November.

7:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am reading in the Washington Post that Blunt was offering choice committe assignments and chairmenships for votes. Umm, sounds like an indictable offense if he was in Alabama.

7:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

boehners election shows repubs understand ethics will be the issue that drives the undecided voters in late october. blunt is delay stooge, shadegg is just as ethical as boehner. Now if alabama democrats can figure out a way to distance themselves from theives like hubbert and siegelman, maybe baxley can pick up some late undecideds.

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