YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – John Boehner announced Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, having earned respect from fellow politicians in both houses of Congress.
But his departure has created lots of questions for voters and politicians here in Ohio.
Senator Rob Portman said he respects the job Boehner did in his chair as speaker of the house.
“He is a guy who has the hardest job in politics. Trying to operate the house is like herding squirrels,” Portman said.
And lately, that job has gotten a lot harder as conservatives rebel against more moderate party members.
“It’s a very fractious majority to try to hold together, so I think his tenure was likely to end soon,” Youngstown State University Professor Emeritus of Political Science William Binning said.
Valley Congressman Tim Ryan blamed the Tea Party extremists for Boehner’s departure.
“The only thing standing between them and really driving the car off the cliff was John Boehner, and now, they have taken out John Boehner,” he said. “So buckle up your seat belts, because I think it’s going to be a crazy couple of weeks here.”
Representative Bill Johnson said Boehner worked hard to advocate for his beliefs and the state of Ohio.
“He got up every day determined to do the right things for the right reasons for our country,” Johnson said.
Looking forward, Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, from California, could be the next to lead the House.
“Bill Johnson has close ties to Kevin McCarthy, so I think for our area, it’s probably going to be good thing to have Kevin McCarthy as a speaker,” Binning said.
Johnson said it’s too soon to tell.
“I have not heard anything from Majority Leader McCarthy nor anyone else. There’s a lot of dust left to settle,” Johnson said.