From GAO to House Speaker?

By Tom Shoop

January 3, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner was reeelected to his post Thursday, in a development that wasn't exactly shocking. What was a little surprising was the other people who won support from House GOPers. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., got three votes from Republicans presumably disgruntled with Boehner's leadership. Former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., also got a couple of votes from dissenters.

But perhaps the most unexpected vote came from Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. He declared his support for David M. Walker, fiscal reformer, current leader of the Comeback America Initiative and former head of the Government Accountability Office. That left Walker 216 votes short of assuming the speakership.

It's a little-known fact that the House speaker does not need to be a sitting member of the body. House members can vote for whoever they think would be an able leader -- and second in line to the presidency. (No non-Representative has ever been elected speaker, though.)

"I was surprised and appreciate Congressman Jones' vote, Walker tweeted. "We did not speak about it in advance. Congrats to Speaker Boehner."


By Tom Shoop

January 3, 2013

http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2013/01/gao-house-speaker/60455/