Conservatives plotting to overthrow Boehner, magazine says

By Jessica Wehrman and Bettina Weiss

Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - According to the National Journal, House conservatives are organizing to overthrow John Boehner from the Speaker’s seat after the midterm elections in November.

The organizers, most of whom have not gone public, either want one conservative candidate to step up, or hope to promote House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., under the condition that he brings on a conservative to replace him.

Despite the chatter, there is no indication that any conservative members are seeking leadership positions. According to the National Journal, the “conservative plotters” have named Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, as one of the front runners to replace Boehner, R-West Chester Twp., but the Washington-based magazine and web site reported he is not interested.

Although Boehner has said “publicly and privately” that he plans to be speaker again in the next Congress, according to Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

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