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Ron DeSantis Open to Backing Ben Carson for Speaker

October 1, 2015 - 8:15am
Ron DeSantis and Ben Carson
Ron DeSantis and Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson should replace U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio? A Florida congressman with his eyes on a U.S. Senate seat is open to the idea. 

Roll Call reported on Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who is running to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in 2016, said at a campaign event this week that the House could choose an outsider like Carson, a celebrated physician who has broken into the top tier of Republican presidential hopefuls, to serve as speaker. 

“I would go bold, you don’t have to be a member of Congress to be the speaker of the House,” DeSantis said. “I would support someone like Dr. Carson or somebody like that, I think that would be good."

But DeSantis’ staff threw some cold water on the idea in a follow up email to Roll Call. 

“The congressman was just throwing out ideas,” Elizabeth Dillon, a spokeswoman for DeSantis, insisted to Roll Call. “He has not yet made any commitments in regards to the upcoming leadership elections.”

As DeSantis noted, the House can choose an outsider to serve as speaker. At the start of this year, when Boehners faced a leadership challenge, U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Fla., threw his support behind U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who, like Carson, is running for the Republican presidential nomination. 

Carson has shown no interest in serving as speaker of the House. U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is the favorite to be chosen as the speaker in next week’s meeting. U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., who challenged Boehner earlier this year, is also running again. When Webster and U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., took on Boehner at the start of the year, DeSantis gave his support to the Ohio Republican. 

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Congressman Dan Webster would be PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.................................bright, articulate, great leader, brings people together, total integrity and a "nice guy" who "doesn't come in last"!!!! Dan is a strong conservative and Republican who "knows how to reach across the isle" to Democrats without compromising conservative values.

I would like to see Cong. Dan Webster get this position. He is one of the few people willing to vote against Boehner when the first leadership challenge came up. As a result Boehner took away some of his positions in the GOP. He is a solid conservative and he had the nerve to take action when most of them didn't.

I appreciate Congressman DeSantis is willing to consider all options available to him. And why pray tell is McCarthy the "favorite"? No one I know is thrilled with that idea.

Well, You don't have to be a lawyer in order to be appointed to the Supreme Court either; (Chief Justice Berger said long ago "The Supreme Court is too important to be entrusted to only Lawyers,..Maybe it is time for an Economist, or a Historian, to be appointed to the court..")... Frankly I had my heart set on seeing Carson appointed to the Presidential Cabinet Secretary of Health & Human Services position in order to manage, or defeat, Obamacare.

Interesting suggestion, but Dr. Carson's doing too well with polling and fundraising right now to consider this seriously, even if it were up for serious consideration (unlikely). However, I'd rather see just about anyone rather than McCarthy, who, in his FIRST opportunity to test drive the speaker roll, promptly stuffed both feet in his mouth. I think someone with Constitutional, libertarian tendencies might be good. Maybe Justin Amash?

If Ron DeSantis threw out the half baked idea that Dr. Ben Carson, who is a front runner for POTUS become speaker of the house. My question is WTH is he doing as a senatorial candidate??? Why would we elect someone making such a stupid comment? Rubio's seat will go to an outsider not holding office. Besides Carson will be the next POTUS, a new broom sweeps clean.

Carson is better off as surgeon general or sec of health b/c his record on immigration and amnesty is absolutely abysmal according to or org?

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