Republican Dispute Over House Speakership Continues
While the 34 Republican representatives attending the caucus meeting chose Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), most of the 26 who weren’t there support Smith’s challenger, Larry Householder (R-Glenford).
Smith hopes this puts an end to the long speaker fight. “We’ve been waiting to get to this vote so we can figure out a winner and try to pull everyone together," Smith said.
But Householder supporter Jim Butler (R-Oakwood), disputes the results, saying as caucus dean he’s the only one who can call a leadership vote.
A vote must be held on the House floor to make a speaker selection official.