Thursday, November 15, 2012

Texas Rep. Gohmert Nominates Newt Gingrich Over John Boehner for House Speaker


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 on Wednesday.
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.

Technically, 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 that Rep. Gohmert felt the country could not “proceed with business as usual” and so nominated Gingrich.

“Rep. Gohmert felt like we could not proceed with business as usual with the country in trouble,” Communications Director Kimberly Willingham told

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