John Boehner does not have enough support within the Republican conference to win re-election with just Republican votes. He will need the Democrats to bail him out.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), one of the 28 Republicans who publicly supports replacing House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) with a Republican alternative, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that Boehner does not have enough Republican support.
Breitbart reported that Mulvaney said, should there be a vote on a privileged resolution on a motion to vacate the chair of the House of Representatives—a fancy term for a vote to remove Boehner from the speakership—the only way Boehner can keep his job is if Democrats vote for him to bail him out.
“The math depends on the Democrats, doesn’t it?” Mulvaney told Breitbart News in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon. “I think if all the Democrats were to vote against John, he’d lose the Speakership, but I don’t think anyone knows where the Democrats stand.”
Technically, the magic number for Boehner to lose re-election without a Democrat infusion or some kind of shenanigans where members don’t show up to vote or something akin to that is 29 Republicans voting against him. There are 28 Republicans publicly opposed to Boehner’s re-election, but many more privately who have confirmed that they can’t vote for Boehner to Mulvaney and others. Many more are teetering on the edge of becoming public, and Boehner’s team is certainly terrified, as Politico’s Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan detailed on Tuesday morning.
Boehner’s spokesman Kevin Smith—who is known to attack reporters, and did so in a statement this summer accusing Roll Call’s Matt Fuller of pushing “propaganda” for the conservative House Freedom Caucus—did not respond to a request for comment in response to this revelation. A spokesman for House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also did not respond when asked if she would allow any Democrats to vote for Boehner if and when such a vote takes place. That spokesman, Drew Hammill, previously told Roll Call that the division in the House GOP conference indicates a party that’s unwilling to lead the country—but he wouldn’t signal which way Pelosi would swing her party.
“As the American people look to Congress for solutions to the challenges they face, they increasingly see a Republican Congress dominated by obstruction, distraction and dysfunction,” Hammill told Roll Call in July. “For more than 200 days, this Republican Congress has failed to advance any measure to create jobs and growth in our country, and leaves for August early with the prospect of only more shutdowns and manufactured crises in store this fall. The American people deserve better.”
If Boehner needs Democrat votes to win re-election, Mulvaney said that would put Republicans in Congress in an unprecedented situation.
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