House conservatives doubt Boehner stays

House conservatives doubt Boehner stays
© Greg Nash

Rep. John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Ohio) has spent the last few months seeking to dispel doubts that he’ll run for Speaker again in 2015. But he hasn’t convinced at least a few of his members that he plans to stick around.

Conservative Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and Matt SalmonMatthew (Matt) James SalmonArizona GOP tinkers with election rules with an eye on McCain's seat Quiet jockeying for McCain seat angers Republicans McSally tells GOP colleagues she'll run for Arizona Senate MORE (R-Ariz.) told reporters Tuesday that they didn’t believe BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE would seek another term after the November midterm elections.

“I don’t think he runs,” Labrador said at an event held in conjunction with the Heritage Foundation.

“I don’t think he’s going to come back as Speaker either,” Salmon added.

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The conservatives were asked to respond to a report that Boehner were hatching a plan to punish members who refused to vote for him on the floor in January, two years after a group of conservatives failed in their bid to deny him the 218 votes he needed to win a second term as Speaker.

Labrador was one of the dozen members who didn’t vote for Boehner, while Salmon did.

“I think that would be the most bone-headed move,” Salmon said of any plan to punish Republicans who denied Boehner their vote. “Even making that kind of threat is a bone-headed move.”

Earlier this year, another Republican who supported Boehner in 2013, Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksGOP lawmaker says rocks falling into ocean to blame for rising sea levels Republican worries 'assassination risk' prompting lawmaker resignations Republicans express doubts that Ryan can stay on as Speaker MORE (Ala.) told The Hill he did not think he would run again.

Boehner has said he would seek another term and has argued that his support within the Republican conference is as strong as it has ever been, despite the difficulties the leadership has had in winning unified support for its priorities.