GOP Lawmaker Nominates Newt Gingrich For Speaker

“You don’t have to be a member of the body to be speaker,” Rep. Gohmert says. Hijinks in the closed-door leadership election.

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WASHINGTON — Texas conservative Rep. Louie Gohmert submitted an unlikely nomination for House speaker during the Republican leadership elections Wednesday: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“You don’t have to be a member of the body to be speaker,” Gohmert, of Texas, told the caucus during the closed-door meeting, according to a source inside the room.

His motion was not seconded by any other members, and House Speaker John Boehner was reelected by a voice vote, followed by a standing ovation.

As he delivered his acceptance speech, Boehner responded to his colleague’s unexpected nomination.

“Louie, I love you too,” Boehner said.

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