Tom Price Says He Will Not Challenge John Boehner for Speaker of the House
Leadership in the House had expressed concern that Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) might challenge John Boehner (R-Ohio) for his role as House Speaker in the next Congress. However, Price's office told reporters on Monday that he is not campaigning for Boehner's job.
Price spokesman Ryan Murphy said in a statement:
“Congressman Price is not running for speaker. He is focused on real solutions to get America back on track. Those solutions reside in fundamental principles that embrace individual opportunity and economic freedom.”
Even if Price had wanted to make a bid for speaker, an actual upset was always unlikely as Boehner currently enjoys broad support from his caucus. Majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) signed on to Boehner's fiscal cliff proposal, and even Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) backed the plan.
A shakeup in which four House members lost their committee posts has caused some tension in the party. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) suggested that he may not vote for Boehner, and Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who was forced off of the Budget and Agriculture committees. compared Boehner to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was forced out of leadership in 1998.
Price lost a bid for conference chairman to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), disappointing many fellow conservatives.