Rep. Emanuel Cleaver laments the looming resignation of House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner, he told The Kansas City Star’s editorial board on Monday, was an old school politician who was willing to seek compromise to get results.
Cleaver, a Democrat from Kansas City, said the rift in the GOP between moderates and hard-line conservatives pervaded the atmosphere in Congress and the air waves. As one Republican told him, “In our party right now tone trumps ideology.”
Cleaver did not handicap the race in the other party to succeed Boehner, but he did put in a plug for Rep. Jeb Hensarling, an ultra-conservative from Texas. Despite the fact that he and Hensarling agree on virtually nothing — they serve together on the House Financial Services committee, which the Republican chairs — Cleaver considers the Republican a friend and one who also is a straight shooter.
Hensarling’s office on Monday announced he would not be a candidate for Speaker and instead the Texan declared his support of Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.