GOP Reps: God Told Us to Keep Boehner as Speaker

He narrowly survived January vote after caucus members prayed over it
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2013 9:11 AM CDT
GOP Reps: God Told Us to Keep Boehner as Speaker
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens to a reporter's question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

In the first days of the year, some House Republicans launched an attempt to ditch John Boehner as speaker—but he survived a vote after a number of colleagues said they'd spent the night praying, and God told them to let Boehner keep the job, notes the Washington Post in a report spotted by the Daily Intelligencer. Rep. Steve Southerland, for instance, looked to the Biblical story of Saul and David, in which David gets two chances to kill the king, but lets him go. The vote, however, was still perilously close for Boehner; had his votes been slightly fewer, the sitting speaker would have faced a second ballot for the first time in almost a century. (Read more House Republicans stories.)

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