Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Friday issued a statement on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) planned resignation that perfectly captured the dynamics that reportedly influenced the speaker’s decision.
“After Speaker Boehner fulfilled his dream of the pope speaking, he is just plain tired of dealing with the right wing extremists,” Nelson said in the one-sentence statement.
Some of the most conservative members of the Republican caucus had been calling for Boehner to step aside. A Boehner aide explained in a Friday statement that the congressman would step down to avoid “prolonged leadership turmoil.”
Politico also reported Boehner said Thursday night that he had nothing left to accomplish in Congress after successfully bringing Pope Francis to the U.S. Capitol.