Revealed: This Is The Strangest Part About John Boehner’s Sudden Resignation
In a city where news leaks are a way of life, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, achieved almost total surprise on Friday when he announced his resignation as speaker and imminent retirement from Congress.
“He didn’t give anyone a heads up. This was a surprise to all of us,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Although Boehner’s departure comes at a time when he is buffeted from the left and right, Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, said he did not think the most recent discussions of a possible federal shutdown pushed Boehner out.
“I don’t think it was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Stiver said.
Thursday’s papal visit, a highly emotional time for Boehner, was cited by several Republicans as the catalyst that moved Boehner to resign.
“He was obviously choked up as one could predict, but again, let me just say (I was) surprised somewhat, but then given the events of yesterday, it’s a pretty good way to go out,” said Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark.
“Obviously the pope had a big impact on him,” said Rep. Richard Nugent, R-Fla.
Robert Costa of the Washington Post had heard rumors of a resignation and waited for Boehner Thursday night.
“I asked if he had anything left to accomplish as speaker, that maybe the pope’s visit was it for him. He narrowed his eyes and issued a gruff but coy, ‘No,'” Costa wrote. “I wasn’t sure if he meant it as a brush off of the question or an answer to it.”
Another reporter with Costa then asked directly is Boehner was resigning.
“Boehner laughed as he ducked into the back seat, and he was gone,” Costa wrote.
h/t: The Hill