Boehner Says Change in the Air After Mississippi Special

Posted May 14, 2008 at 10:35am

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that GOP leaders would be discussing changes that might be necessary at the National Republican Congressional Committee in light of the party’s devastating third special election loss this year.

Tuesday’s loss in Mississippi will be a major topic of discussion when GOP leadership met Wednesday morning.

“I suspect at the leadership meeting today we’ll have a conversation about changes that may be necessary in order to adapt to the environment that we’re dealing with,” Boehner said at a news conference with reporters following the weekly GOP Conference meeting. He said there are “no preconceived ideas about what those changes ought to be.”

But Boehner also added: “Clearly I think we’ve got to do a better job.”

Boehner has clashed with NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.), whose tenure at the committee now seems to be on shakier ground than ever.

GOP Conference Vice Chairwoman Kay Granger (Texas) is expected to roll out a family-friendly GOP House agenda later Wednesday, but Blunt said this morning that the broader set of principles that are the product of a much-hyped Boehner-led rebranding effort won’t be unveiled until later in the week.