Gohmert says no Speaker run; Hensarling to decide by next week - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Gohmert says no Speaker run; Hensarling to decide by next week

U.S. Representatives Louie Gohmert, R-Texas Dist. 1 (left) and Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas Dist. 5 (right). U.S. Representatives Louie Gohmert, R-Texas Dist. 1 (left) and Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas Dist. 5 (right).
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KLTV) -

U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert has said he will not be running for the Speaker of the House of Representatives position being vacated by John Boehner, who announced resignation on Friday. However another representative, Jeb Hensarling, who serves East Texas, has not made a final decision.

Hensarling, who represents portions of East Dallas and the western portions of East Texas, has not made a decision on a Speaker run. Hensarling has been in the U.S. House since 2002 and chairs the House Financial Services Committee.

His office said on Friday, Hensarling is "considering his options and I expect he will have a decision early next week" his communications director Sarah Rozier said.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said he would not be seeking the Speaker's position after running for that seat earlier this year. He said because of that run he would have very little support for a Speaker run.

"I knew I would make so many people mad because I took away their excuse, that being -- 'Gee I'd vote for anyone but Boehner if somebody announced, but nobody ever announces, so I gotta vote for Boehner,'" Gohmert said. "When I took away their excuse, I made 'em mad and some of 'em are still mad at me. I couldn't get elected to be anything right now by the other members but many of them tell me all the time how much they appreciate my honesty and integrity."

Gohmert said he will be supporting fellow Republican, Rep. Dan Webster of Florida.

"Dan is a man of honesty and integrity," Gohmert said. "His voting record is not as conservative as mine, but he was the first Speaker of the House who was Republican in Florida, and he empowered the [Florida] House of Representatives to work the will of the majority for Florida and for the House. If we have a Speaker who allows that to happen, you're going to see so much good begin to happen in this country."

Gohmert said he heard Boehner's resignation might be coming because of the Speaker "getting a lot of push back" on certain issues like Planned Parenthood and Iran.

"This country is in such trouble," Gohmert said on the state of the House. "We need people to stand up -- not for party, not for individuality, but for the country. So that means we need bold leadership and his resignation will at least give us a chance to try and get that."

Copyright 2015 KLTV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly