Former aides to John Boehner and other high-level GOP operatives
are increasingly convinced that the House speaker will step aside after the 2014
midterm elections, according to interviews with a dozen Republican sources.
All summer, rumors have been swirling around the Hill and K Street that the speaker has had enough and that 2014 would be his last year with the gavel. Then the message went out in July: Boehner, R-Ohio, is not leaving.
Boehner told his inner circle at dinner that there was no truth to the talk and authorized his people to spread the word around town. A story appeared in Politico the next day, reaffirming Boehner's stated commitment to stay past 2014.
"These inside-the-Beltway parlor games take place every two years. The speaker has made clear publicly he intends to remain in his position in the next Congress," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.
As of January 2015, when new members of the House are sworn-in, Boehner may no longer need to worry about currying the favor of the Republican majority to keep his elevated position. When he last sought election as speaker in January, it was not a simple process. An insurrection from the far-right wing of his party came uncomfortably close to ousting him from a position he derided as needing like "a hole in the head."
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