Fox News host Sean Hannity wants Rep. Trey Gowdy to challenge John Boehner for Speaker of the House, but the South Carolina Republican says he isn’t interested.
Hannity made his thoughts known in a pair of emails to Breitbart News during a rocky week for House GOP leadership, with Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) admitting he spoke at a white supremacist gathering in 2002. Boehner and his leadership team have stood by Scalise.
“It’s time for new dynamic leadership in the House of Representatives. Trey Gowdy is my choice for speaker. He has the ability to articulate and implement the changes needed to get the country on the right path,” the Fox News host said, apparently becoming the first prominent conservative to push Gowdy, a second-term congressman who chairs the House select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks, to seek the job of Speaker.
When Gowdy spokeswoman Amanda Duvall quickly said he wasn’t interested in a leadership position, Hannity stood by his call that Boehner (R-OH) should to be replaced in the upcoming House leadership elections, telling Breitbart that Republicans should “ask themselves if John Boehner is really the best person to lead the conservative movement at this important time in history.”
Boehner is widely expected to win the Speakership for the third consecutive congress next month. He is not facing a serious challenge.