CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation Friday, and that announcement surprised a lot of people in Washington.
House Speaker John Boehner caught Congress off-guard, with the announcement that he will be resigning at the end of October. This announcement came one day after a high point in Boehner’s congressional career, when Pope Francis addressed Congress at Boehner’s request.
This announcement, however, also comes as Congress is in turmoil. In 2013, Boehner faced embarrassment for a government shutdown. Next Wednesday, because of the fight over government funding of Planned Parenthood, another shutdown looms.
Political analyst Tony Cignoli explained to 22News what this means for the Republican Party. “A lot of us are looking at this and thinking, this is now the end of the Republican Party that was Reagan, that was Eisenhower, this is one of the last old guard exiting out. Largely because the new guard, the extreme right in the Republican House, has pushed him to this to a degree.”
Cignoli also told 22News how Republican presidential candidates react to this news could weigh on the presidential race. Marco Rubio was one of the first to comment on Boehner’s resignation, calling Friday “a new day for the Republican Party.”