GOP House Leaders Should Resign, Top Conservative Activist Says

By Josiah Ryan | November 5, 2008 | 7:06 PM EST

Richard Viguerie, president of

( – The House Republican leadership should resign because of the election results, in which Republicans lost 17 seats in the House, Richard Viguerie, a long-time conservative leader and direct-mail fundraising guru, told on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, current Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Wednesday that he will run for a second two-year term as leader. A source close to Boehner told that Boehner does not think he will face any significant challenges for the post.
“The entire Republican leadership in Congress should resign,” said Richard Viguerie, president of “They have failed conservatives, they have failed Republicans, and they have failed America.
“If they go forward with the same failed leadership, they will continue to lose elections,” he said.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Boehner, however, attributed Tuesday’s election results, in which House Republicans lost 17 seats, to "overwhelming odds and some disadvantages we couldn't control."
“I’m equally committed to building a lasting majority on the reform principles that define us and inspire our citizens,” said Boehner in a press release. “For this reason, I’m writing today to announce my candidacy for Republican Leader in the 111th Congress, and to request the honor of your vote.” 
A source in the House Republican leadership told that, as of Wednesday, there were no known members planning to challenge Boehner, and if there are challenges, Boehner does not expect they will be significant.
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also said that he is not aware of any challenges for the leadership position.
Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), currently serving as the House Republican Conference chair, announced Tuesday that he will step down from his position, because he wants to focus on policy for his state.
Sources told that Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) plans to run for the position vacated by Putnam.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Chief Deputy Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will run to fill the position of minority whip, which the The Hill reported Wednesday would be vacated by Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)