Reports have been circulating for months that Boehner is set to retire after the 2014 congressional elections. Last week, the Huffington Post web site reported that former Boehner aides say that he is tired of dealing with the increasingly divided House Republicans and wants to quit, travel and play golf.
One reason cited is that some analysts believe Boehner will have a difficult time staving off a challenge from House Majority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., who is a favorite among House conservatives. So, the story goes, why not get out before he loses his post?
Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman, dismissed the reports, telling the Huffington Post that “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, 63, has not been acting like he plans to retire. He has been aggressively raising campaign money for House Republicans and was in Wyoming last week campaigning for a GOP incumbent.