House Speaker John Boehner has rescheduled tonight’s election within the GOP conference, reports say.
This comes after the House GOP was flipped upside down with the news House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was dropping out of the race to replace Boehner in the House’s top spot.
According to The Washington Times:
“Mr. Boehner canceled the elections that had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon to choose the next speaker, and afterward issued a statement saying he’s not going anywhere — for now.
“As I have said previously, I will serve as speaker until the House votes to elect a new speaker,” he said. “We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new speaker in the coming weeks.”
He had set an Oct. 29 date for an election in the whole House, which would have chosen his replacement and ushered him into retirement. That could still happen, but with the House scheduled to be on vacation next week and a major hearing with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton slated for the week after, it’s unclear whether such a deadline is likely.”
Boehner also bailed on Jimmy Fallon.
According to Politico:
“House Speaker John Boehner has canceled his planned Thursday night appearance on “The Tonight Show” hosted by Jimmy Fallon, NBC has confirmed.
Boehner’s appearance on the show was a last-minute addition announced on Wednesday. It was a big get for the late night show that’s been getting deeper into politics. But then the news broke mid-day Thursday that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was dropping out of the race for speaker, sending the House GOP into chaos, and tossing Boehner’s “Tonight Show” plans out the window.”