Deirdre Shesgreen reports:
Here’s what House Speaker John Boehner’s future holds: messy negotiations with the Senate over a farm bill, a possible GOP bloodbath on immigration reform and then another dreaded showdown with the White House over the debt ceiling.
Given that landscape, it’s perhaps no wonder that some in Washington believe Boehner will make this term his last.
Boehner has not given any hint that he’s ready to leave the House and give up his perch as the most powerful Republican in Washington. Take, for example, this exchange Boehner had with a Capitol Hill reporter earlier this year:
“Most political observers assume that you’ve already decided to hang up your cleats at the end of 2014. Some have told me that they wouldn’t be surprised if you called it quits earlier,” David Drucker, a reporter for Roll Call, said to the speaker.
Boehner’s response: “I’m far from done.”
And last week, Politico reported, he told a group of political friends over dinner that he planned to seek re-election, in an apparent effort to swat down the rumors. But the political chatter goes on.
“I have had three reporters in the last week ask me the same question,” said an exasperated Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, a longtime friend of Boehner’s. “Where in the world is this coming from?”
Tiberi said the speculation is “way off.”
Among Cincinnati Republicans, the sentiment is the same.
“I absolutely don’t see that,” David Kern, chairman of the Butler County Republican Party, said when asked about the possibility of Boehner calling it quits. “There is no indication of that back here in his hometown.” (more…)