GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Who will be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives? It’s a question we don’t have an answer to just yet, though each day it seems more potential candidates are voicing their interest.
Last month, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, shocked the House by announcing he would resign. On Oct. 8, the favorite to replace Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, suddenly withdrew his candidacy.
Wednesday night at one of his scheduled town hall meetings in Grand Rapids, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican who represents Michigan’s Third Congressional District, offered up his opinion on the race.
Many say Boehner was pushed out of the House by hard-line conservatives. But Amash, who is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, said that Boehner wasn’t the right leader and that with him in charge, the ‘system’ just wasn’t working.
“It’s not about sitting back, taking your own personal policy preferences and going and negotiating with the Senate or the president and then bringing it to the floor and trying to round up votes for it. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about working with everyone to find the will of the House. And whoever is speaker actually has to sacrifice many of their personal policy preferences in order to insure that the process works,” Amash told constituents.
Some of Amash’s supporters have urged he run for speaker, but he said Wednesday that he’s supporting Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida.
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who represents Wisconsin, is considered by many in Congress to be the best person for the job — but he has said he does not want it.
Democrats, of course, are expected to support U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, who was previously speaker of the House, when there’s a full vote on the House floor.