Recently, discontent among House Republicans with Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has began to build. First, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) hinted at overthrowing the current Republican leadership in favor of true “constitutional conservatives.” The following week, Bachmann formed the House Tea Party Caucus and was soon joined by over 50 of her GOP colleagues including leaders like Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), but Boehner’s name was conspicuously absent. Boehner has also tried to fend off an increasing threat from Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA).
Now, in Texas’s 17th congressional district, GOP nominee Bill Flores (who is running against Rep. Chet Edwards) is refusing to say if he will support Boehner as his leader. Despite running in the most heavily Republican district in the nation that is currently represented by a Democrat, Flores balked when asked about supporting Boehner, telling a voter, “I’d rather not answer that question if you don’t mind”:
VOTER: How do you feel about Boehner, the minority leader in the House?
FLORES: Next question. I really don’t want to talk about anybody today. I’ve got a race to run. But I want to add in Congress is I want to have the right leadership in every position.
VOTER: Would you support him?
FLORES: I’d rather not answer that question if you don’t mind.