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Minority Leader Candidates Plan Forum

House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Rep. Dan Lungren (Calif.) sent out a joint letter Tuesday announcing their plan to hold a candidate forum before GOP leadership elections.

The “Dear Colleague” letter states that the 45-minute session will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The meeting will allow Members to hear presentations and ask questions of Boehner and Lungren, who are rivals for the job as Minority Leader in the 111th Congress. Candidates for Minority Leader will be the only ones giving presentations.

Boehner contacted Lungren on Monday night about holding the session. Lungren is Boehner’s only challenger and has argued that lawmakers are frustrated and want to openly discuss the direction of the party before voting in new leaders.

Lungren launched his bid against long odds. His candidacy is widely seen as an effort to keep Boehner from getting a free pass after the party’s November election losses.

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