Indiana Republicans react to Boehner’s resignation

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In this Sept. 9, 2015, photo, Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, pauses while speaking about his opposition to the Iran deal during a news conference with members of the House Republican leadership on Capitol Hill in Washington. Even though opponents of the Iran nuclear deal can’t win in Congress, they aren’t going to go quietly. "This debate is far from over, and frankly, it's just beginning," Boehner said on Sept. 10. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana republicans praised John Boehner after the House Speaker announced plans to resign next month.

The kindest words for John Boehner came from Congresswoman Susan Brooks. She said she is very sorry to see him retire and said she will miss his leadership and friendship.

Others in the Indiana delegation were more circumspect.

Todd Rokita and Marlin Stutzman simply thanked Boehner for his service and wished him well in the future.

Luke Messer spoke with CNN and said that the Boehner decision is hard to believe.

He hopes a leadership fight can be avoided.

“This is a time when the Speaker put the institution first,” Messer said. “I think as a conference we’ve got to come together, put our differences aside and focus on the areas that we agree and that’s what I’m gonna try to do. I think that’s what the vast majority of our colleagues are trying to do.”

Boehner was given credit by Rep. Brooks for building the biggest Republican majority since the 1920s.

Unfortunately, his resignation is apparently due to his inability to manage that majority, particularly the Tea Party members in it, and that’s why there are concerns about a leadership fight.

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