Friday, February 03, 2006
AP: Boehner reinvents self as reform candidate for majority leader
By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer -- 11 minutes ago
"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.
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