Freedom Caucus member on Boehner staying: No
© Getty Images

Rep. Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyBudget chief: Trump won't sign GOP tax plan 'if our numbers show' middle class will pay more Live coverage: Day two of the Ways and Means GOP tax bill markup West Coast Dems lead call to fund early warning system for earthquakes MORE (R-S.C.), a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, suggested Friday morning that members of the conservative group would not allow John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy MORE (R-Ohio) to stay on as Speaker.

"Do you and your colleagues have confidence that John Boehner is the right person, if it comes to that, to negotiate with the White House and the Senate on the debt ceiling and on the budget?" Bloomberg's Mark Halperin asked Mulvaney on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

ADVERTISEMENT
"No," Mulvaney responded bluntly.

Boehner staying on as Speaker became more likely after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy hits GOP senators on ObamaCare: Some ‘don’t deserve to stay in office’ House members warned recess could be delayed over healthcare House to vote on Russia sanctions deal next week MORE (R-Calif.), the favorite to succeed him, abruptly dropped out of the Speakership race Thursday.

Boehner plans to step down as Speaker and resign from Congress on Oct. 30, but McCarthy's exit from the race is complicating that plan as Republicans struggle to find a leader who can secure the 218 votes necessary to win the gavel.

Many Republicans are working to put pressure on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to step up and run, which he has repeatedly said he does not want to do.

"He certainly would have a lot of credibility that a lot of other folks might not have," Mulvaney said Friday, declining to disclose details of his conversation with Ryan on the House floor on Thursday.

"Don't dismiss Dan Webster though," Mulvaney said, referring to the Republican representative from Florida whom the Freedom Caucus endorsed on the eve of GOP voting on Thursday.

"I know he's boring, I know he's not very exciting, people don't know who he is, but he's an institutionalist," Mulvaney. "The reason the conservatives like him is he would simply treat us equally."