State congressmen speak about House Speaker John Boehner's resignation
Posted on 9/25/2015 12:37:00 PM.
Ohio Republican Congressman John Boehner has announced he will step down as Speaker of the House. The decision reportedly came after intense pressure from conservative Republicans for him to take a harder line on their causes.  

Minden Representative John Fleming feels Boehner made the appropriate decision.
"It seemed that there was mounting pressure to remove the Speaker from his chair and I think he did the right thing, the statesman like thing, to go ahead and resign and let someone else step in.  Someone with fresh ideas."

He says there's been a ground swell among the GOP base that Boehner's leadership in the House has not been effective.  Fleming says he'll keep an open mind on the selection of the next Speaker, but will be looking for certain traits.

"Whatever our next leadership team is in the House of Representatives, that we have a conservative voice there that we haven't had in the past."

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves appreciates the public service Boehner's given over the past several years but feels a change in leadership is needed.  He says voters clearly stated in last November's election that they want change.

"They think America's on the wrong trajectory, it's on the wrong course and they want to see things different.  And I think that many people felt like, while they voted for change, they didn't see it."

He says, moving forward, they need to look for the best new leadership for the future and one that will be responsive to what voters want.  Graves says with some big issues facing Louisiana, it's important that we have a strong position on the House leadership team.

"Would love to see, obviously, Louisiana have some representation in there and Steve Scalise, I think, is a good shot for us." 
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