The U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, has announced that he intends to stand against John Boehner for the position of speaker of the House of Representatives.
Louie Gohmert is known for being a very conservative politician and a Tea Party Republican from Texas and is sure to bring a unique outlook to the role thanks to his conservative views that are echoed by many members of the Republican party but not by those on the Democrat side.
While Louie Gohmert has thrown his name into the ring for the position there may be others who fancy their chances at picking up the prestigious role in the house, including the fellow Republican Representative Ted Yoho of Florida who has previously said that he may well be interested in putting himself up against Boehner.
New names may be coming forward but it is being widely reported that the Ohio Republican John Boehner will hold on to his position as speaker of the House of representatives when the job is put to the vote on Tuesday.
According to a report by Reuters: “Ted is a good man for whom I could vote, but I have heard from many supporters and also friends in Congress who have urged me to put forward my name for Speaker as well to increase our chances of change,” Gohmert said in a statement. “That is why I am also offering my name as a candidate for Speaker.”
It was only in November that House Republicans voted to re-elect Boehner as the speaker of the house, a post he has held for four years.
According to Reuters, Gohmert said voters made clear they wanted change in last November’s congressional elections in which Republicans strengthened their grip on the House and won control of the Senate.
Louie Gohmert has openly criticised in the past decision made by John Boehner, including his move only last month to pass the $1.1 trillion government spending bill with support from some of the Democrats.
Gohmert said the race for speaker was not about a particular candidate but “whether we keep the status quo or make the change the country demands,” said Reuters.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement: “Rep. Boehner was selected as the House Republican Conference’s choice for speaker in November, and he expects to be elected by the whole House this week.”