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Gibson one of 24 against Boehner

Jan 07, 2015 12:04 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="136"] U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson[/caption]

The Washington Post is reporting U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson Tues., Jan. 6, participated in the biggest revolt against a speaker nominee in more than 150 years. The last time that many members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted against a major party's nominee was 1860, when Republicans split their votes between two candidates: John Sherman of Ohio and Galusha Grow of Pennsylvania. Gibson, a three-term Republican from Kinderhook, was one of 24 GOP defectors to vote for someone other than John Boehner of Ohio. At least 30 votes against Boehner were needed to prevent him from winning a majority in the first round. Gibson cast his vote for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. McCarthy replaced the outgoing Eric Cantor, who lost his bid for re-election after being defeated in the 2014 Republican primary. Gibson was McCarthy's only vote. Twelve of the dissenters supported Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida for the leadership position. Gibson said Tuesday he will leave Congress at the end of the current term, in 2016. He is considering a run for statewide office in 2018.