Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made a surprise announcement that as of October 30, he will resign his position as leader of the House of Representatives. A press conference has not yet been offered today. There was a clot of media representatives on September 25 who followed the Buckeye Republican through the halls of the basement at the Capitol asking for clarification of the announcement.

When asked whether he felt a weight lifted from his shoulders, Boehner limited himself to saying "It's a wonderful day." He refrained from answering other questions from the press, but did ask them to clear the way as he was accompanied through the halls by police and handlers. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was quick to hold a press conference of her own in which she characterized the announcement as "seismic" for the Congress. Moreover, the acerbic Democrat said “That’s a stark indication of the disarray of House Republicans.” She then sequed into a statement about the significance of the visit of Pope Francis to the Congress on September 24.

Rep. David Jolly (R-FL), after emerging from the Republican caucus meeting where Boehner annouced his intentions, praised the Speaker as a "honorable" man who had served the chamber, the nation, and his party well. Said Jolly about critics of Boehner's tenure as Speaker, "The honor of John Boehner today is in sharp contrast to the idiocy of those in the conference who seek to divide us." He also condemned efforts to shut down government.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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