Bill Straub, is the former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service and contributor to PJMedia.com.

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SHOWDOWN ON THE HILL!

BOEHNER VS. GOHMERT VS. YOHO

INSTANT BOEHNER GUEST: Bill Straub, is the former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service and contributor to PJMedia.com.

“Two Republican lawmakers have stepped forward to challenge House Speaker John Boehner’s campaign for a third term as top dog in the lower chamber, raising the specter of an extended selection procedure that could muddy the selection process.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), a Tea Party Republican who has been a consistent pain in Boehner’s side, announced Sunday that he will challenge Boehner, declaring that the election “is not about a particular candidate — it is about whether we keep the status quo or make the change the country demands.”

Gohmert’s announcement follows on the heels of the declaration by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) that he would not support Boehner and would consider having his name placed in nomination as an alternative.

At least two other GOP lawmakers, Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky and Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, have announced their intention to vote for someone other than Boehner when the election to choose a new House speaker is conducted on Tuesday, just as they did in 2013.

“With a process this broken, is it any wonder that Washington no longer works for the people?” Massie said. “My constituents expect better and America deserves better. On Jan. 6, 2015, I will vote for a new Speaker who will consistently articulate a constitutional vision for America and facilitate an inclusive and orderly legislative process that allows Congress to truly reflect the will of the people.”

The Gohmert and Yoho announcements, plus rumors that another candidate may enter the race, complicate the situation for Boehner, who has never been embraced by the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party. Yet it appears he ultimately will stave off any challenge and continue as House leader.”

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