TN congressmen on Boehner resignation

News release statements from members of the Tennessee congressional delegation:

From Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today issued a statement on Speaker John Boehner’s impending retirement.

“Speaker Boehner is a very honorable man who always tries to do the right thing. He understands that compromise is in our job description,” Cooper said. “Unfortunately, he had a nearly impossible job leading an increasingly unreasonable and right-wing party that refuses to work with Democrats for the good of the nation.”

From Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburgh
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after the announcement of Speaker John Boehner’s resignation:

“I am certainly thankful for Speaker Boehner’s career of public service in the House of Representatives. However, Tennessee’s Fourth District has long held the belief that Republican leadership needed a new direction. That is why in January I voted against John Boehner for Speaker of the House. Now we must come together as a conference to ensure we elect a consistent, conservative leader.”

From Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga
WASHINGTON− Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement following Speaker John Boehner’s retirement announcement.

“Speaker John Boehner has helped build the largest Republican majority in the House since 1928 and has been a great public servant throughout his tenure. He has represented the people of Ohio and our conference with dignity, dedication and honor. As we move forward I am confident we will fill his void and continue to fight to reduce the size of government and make it more accountable, transparent and efficient.”

From Sen. Lamar Alexander
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 25, 2015 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the retirement of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):

“John Boehner has always tried to do what is best for the country. He has been a strong Speaker in a tough environment. Boehner’s successor will have exactly the same challenges and responsibilities that he has had: to demonstrate that Republicans can both adhere to our conservative principles and govern during serious times.”

From Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement on Speaker Boehner’s resignation:

“I thank the Speaker for his service to our great nation – and I respect his decision. His resignation as Speaker will allow the House Republican Conference to concentrate on the many issues that face our country.”

Rep. John Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville, via News Sentinel

“One of the most important lessons I have learned in political life is that things always look easier from a distance,” Duncan said. “Speaker Boehner has a very difficult job. Whoever comes in next will probably have a short honeymoon period, but they will then face the same challenges Speaker Boehner encountered as long as there is a very liberal White House to contend with.”

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, via Commercial Appeal

“While he and I are on different sides of the aisle and different sides of many issues, I have always respected his dedication to public service,” Cohen said. “I know he truly cares about our nation and, regrettably, his tenure as Speaker of the House has been during one of the most divisive periods in Congress. Even so, he was able to bring the House together on several occasions. I wish him well.”