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Friday, February 03, 2006

 

AP: Boehner reinvents self as reform candidate for majority leader

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer -- 11 minutes ago

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, gestures during an interview in his Capitol Hill office in this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 file photo. Boehner has been chosen as the new House majority leader, replacing Rep. Tom DeLay.    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON - Republicans are counting on their new House leader, John Boehner, right, to help defuse an ethics scandal as the clock ticks toward November congressional elections.

Boehner of Ohio replaces Rep. Tom DeLay, who had to step down as majority leader after being indicted on campaign finance charges in his home state of Texas and tarred by his association with a scandal-scarred lobbyist. To win the seat, Boehner defeated a close DeLay ally who had been filling in as acting majority leader, Rep. Roy Blunt (news, bio, voting record) of Missouri.

"I think our members wanted obviously to make a big decision, and they did," Boehner, whose name is pronounced BAY'-nur, said after House GOP members elected him Thursday.

In 1998, Republicans suffered losses at the polls that shrank their majority. Boehner was a casualty of the upheaval, losing his leadership post to a new face, then-Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts, the chambers' only black Republican.

Now Boehner, a 56-year-old veteran of 15 years in Congress, is back, reclaiming a powerful leadership post after the most-contested election among House Republicans since the upheavals that followed the 1998 ethics allegations and election losses.

Source:  AP-Yahoo News.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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