Deirdre Shesgreen reports:
After news reports stirred up the prospect that John Boehner’s hold on the Speaker’s gavel might be shaky, a potential foe said he won’t challenge the West Chester Republican’s leadership position.
A spokeswoman for Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, told the Hill newspaper on Monday that the congressman “is not running for Speaker.”
In an interview with the National Review posted on Monday, Price did not rule out a leadership bid and complained about conservatives being muffled in the GOP caucus. His remarks come as conservatives are increasingly worried that Boehner will give away too much in the debt-reduction negotiations with President Barack Obama.
“My concern is that within our conference, conservatives, who are a majority, don’t have a proper platform,” Price told the National Review. “That’s true at the leadership table and on the steering committee.”
Meanwhile, Boehner took the unusual step of giving an update on the fiscal cliff negotiations from the House floor today. He usually delivers such remarks at his weekly press conferences.
But the new locale didn’t translate into a different message. He reiterated his call for Obama to identify spending cuts and to “put forward a plan that can pass.”