With John Boehner’s resignation, House conservatives got their wish.
The question now is what they’re going to do with it.
The members of the House Freedom Caucus have the broad outlines of a plan — unify behind their fellow conservatives who have the best shot of securing a leadership position, and, in a sign that headaches over a potential government shutdown are not over, keep up the fight to defund Planned Parenthood.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said he imagines conservative members will make a deal among each other to better any candidate’s chance of winning, rather than splitting their vote as they have in the past.
“Conservatives will be working together. It’s not going to be one or two of us. We’re going to make a deal,” he said. “We need a conservative speaker, one who understands the principles of the Republican Party. What conservatives will be looking for is promises about procedure.”
These hardline Republicans have labored for months to shake up the GOP leadership team in the House with endless criticism of the Ohio Republican — and even threatened to mount an attempt to oust him from the speaker’s chair early in the summer. Now that’s over and the 40-or-so members of the House Freedom Caucus will have to navigate the cut-throat, high-stakes race for leadership posts and see if they can get one of their own into power.
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