Rep. Gohmert Nominates Newt Gingrich Over John Boehner for House Speaker
By Matt Cover
November 14, 2012
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).
– Conservative House member Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) nominated
former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) to replace current Speaker
John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans
Gohmert reportedly felt it was time to halt "business
as usual" in Congress. His nomination of Gingrich did not receive a
second and Boehner was reelected.
House Republicans held a
closed-door meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday to elect their leaders
for the upcoming Congress in January. Gohmert nominated Gingrich – who
led House Republicans during the Clinton presidency – to serve as
Speaker, even though Gingrich is no longer in Congress.
a nominee does not have to be a member of Congress to serve as Speaker.
However, a non-member has never held the post.
Asked about the nomination, a Gohmert spokesman told CNSNews.com that Rep. Gohmert felt the country could not “proceed with business as usual” and so nominated Gingrich.
Gohmert felt like we could not proceed with business as usual with
the country in trouble,” Communications Director Kimberly Willingham