Republican who sought to oust Boehner won't run for Speaker
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Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff GOP lawmaker predicts Kushner will be Trump’s next chief of staff Chris Christie declines White House chief of staff role MORE (R-N.C.), who floated a plan to depose Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerOpening day of new Congress: Not always total joy Meadows looks to make his move Fractious GOP vows to unify in House minority MORE (R-Ohio) earlier this year, says he won't seek the top House post himself.

Meadows ruled out his own bid for the Speakership moments after Boehner stunned Congress by announcing on Friday that he would resign in October from his House seat.

“There are critically important issues the House must address in the coming months,” Meadows said. “It is of the utmost importance that our new leadership reflect the diverse makeup of the House Republican Conference and, ultimately, that the voices of the American people are heard through their elected representatives."


Meadows has long been a thorn in Boehner's side, and introduced a resolution before the August recess to oust the Speaker.

On Friday, though, Meadows offered praise for Boehner, saying he had "served with honor and distinction and his resignation was done with real class.”

“Speaker Boehner has served honorably during a difficult time for Republicans when the threat of a veto from the White House constantly impedes our legislative agenda,” Meadows said in a statement.

“At times I differed with Speaker Boehner on policy or procedural positions, but I commend him for his honorable service, his humility, his undeniable love for his country and his desire to serve this great nation," he continued.

“I look forward to an open and inclusive discussion as the House pursues new leadership."

Meadows sparked the ire of leadership earlier this year when he voted against a measure to grant President Obama fast-track trade powers.

Shortly after, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) removed Meadows from his post as subcommittee chairman.

Meadows was later reinstated following a public outcry from conservatives.

He responded by offering a symbolic resolution to oust Boehner from the Speakership.

The Hill reported on Thursday that Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), a Boehner ally, was also trying to recruit a primary challenger against Meadows next year.

—Scott Wong contributed.