We Win.. You Lose !
WASHINGTON DC – Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) handily won the votes of nearly all his fellow Republicans in Thursday’s Speaker election, with the exception of a handful of dissenters.
Ryan won the vote to succeed outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) with 236 votes, well above the 218 needed for a simple majority. But nine Republicans voted instead for Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), a long shot who was the only other Speaker candidate going into the GOP’s closed-door nomination vote on Wednesday.
Webster, like Ryan, did not vote in Thursday’s election. Although in January, during Boehner’s reelection to the House’s top job, Webster voted for himself.
The nine Webster supporters were Reps. Dave Brat (Va.), Curt Clawson (Fla.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Bill Posey (Fla.), Randy Weber (Texas) and Ted Yoho (Fla.). (read more)