In January, Meadows was one of 25 Republicans to vote against re-electing Boehner as Speaker.
Boehner will step down at the end of October and return to Ohio. The conservative bloc of lawmakers consistently pressed Boehner to take a harder line with Obama and Democrats, a strategy Boehner, a consummate dealmaker, did not always embrace.
Congressional colleagues said Boehner cried when he told them of his decision Friday morning.
“Either way, markets will not like the uncertainty around the debt ceiling, although we think that Congress – whoever the House leader is – will get it done”, Canally added.
King said California Rep. Kevin McCarthy would probably be speaker, but “the Ted Cruz-people” would push for an ally as Majority Leader.
It is uncertain who will succeed Boehner, but McCarthy, a genial Californian who was first elected to Congress in 2006, is the most obvious candidate.
Steven Medvic, a government professor at Franklin & Marshall College, said Boehner had sent signals for a while that he was ready to step down and that it was clear he wouldn’t have given into some conservatives demands to enter a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding.
Boehner faced the threat of a floor vote that could’ve stripped him of his speaker title.
In a written statement, McMorris Rodgers said, “John Boehner was the right man at the right time”. He is now in the middle of a battle with the right-wing of his party, attempting to find a way to pass a budge to keep the government running past September 30. “I don’t need this anymore”, retired University Center political science professor Jay Newberger said.
Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, says Tea Party Republicans like Texas Sen. He released a statement saying he respects The Speaker’s decision and thanking him for his efforts to cut spending, fight against permanent tax increases, and work towards a balanced budget.
“I think it presents an opportunity for new leadership”, LaHood said.
“Over the last five years, our majority has advanced conservative reforms that will help our children and their children”, Boehner said.
Congressman Mark Meadows, who represents most of WNC, acknowledges previous disagreements with Boehner, but commends him for his service.
With his relaxed and sociable demeanour, love of golf, and well-known tendency to cry in public, Boehner was widely popular among House Republicans.
“They would somehow have to manage (talking about a government shutdown) from their campaigns”, O’Connell said.
A press conference was scheduled for 10 am, but at 10:45 minutes later an aide came out and told the reporters that Boehner had left “out the back door” and that he would not be speaking to the press after all.