Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) decision to resign from Congress at the end of October is “a victory for the crazies,” Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Friday.
“I’m disappointed. This is a victory for the crazies,” King told Newsday. “You can’t appease these people.”
King said Boehner was resigning “to avoid putting the party through tumult” amid challenges to his leadership and an impending government shutdown.
The Long Island Republican also told Reuters that House Majority LeadeRep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the leading contender to replace Boehner as Speaker.
King, a Boehner ally, has long been critical of hard-line conservatives in the House, accusing them of dividing the party.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of 40 to 50 conservative lawmakers, have been pressuring Boehner to defund Planned Parenthood, even if the measure could force a government shutdown.
The group had threatened to force a vote to oust Boehner as Speaker, warning his actions on the government funding bill and other issues could cost him the gavel.
(H/T and photo credit: The Hill)