Speaker John Boehner’s skillful leadership has led us through rocky times, proving that he is truly invaluable for the country’s future. During his often tumultuous rein as Speaker, he has served as the chief negotiator with President Obama and proven his unrelenting commitment to conservative principles. It is also clear that no one in the Republican Party has worked harder to settle intraparty differences, a skill that will become increasingly important as Republicans look to move their top legislative priorities after the Senate swings their way after the midterms.
Eric Cantor’s primary loss and his subsequent decision to step down as Majority Leader was a blow to the Republican Party. It also led to some speculation that the Speaker might consider giving up his gavel at the start of a new Congress. However, Boehner silenced any speculation this week when he said he was “all-in” to remain as Speaker.
Boehner’s impressive fundraising efforts (he’s helped raise $88 million for Republicans in 2014), and his new pledge to donate more than $1 million just this week to the House Republican Campaign Fund are signs the Speaker is committed to ensuring his colleagues are reelected. These are also strong indications that he is working to consolidate his power among rank and file members.
There’s no doubt that Republicans are in a good place to hold or increase seats in the House, and John Boehner’s leadership has clearly helped solidify that position. There are few in Congress that posses his experience as an able lawmaker and conservative leader, and we are fortunate to have him.
I am pleased to see the Speaker reaffirm his commitment to leading the House of Representatives for the remainder of this session and on to the next.