King to vote for Lungren to lead GOP in US House

The Republicans in the U.S. House plan to meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to elect their leaders. Congressman Steve King, a Republican from Kiron in western Iowa. plans to vote for Dan Lungren, a California congressman who is challenging Ohio Congressman John Boehner.  Boehner has been the House GOP floor leader since 2006.  In early February of that year then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay resigned and Boehner was selected to lead the Republicans as Majority Leader.  The GOP lost control of the House in the 2006 elections, but shortly afterwards Boehner was re-elected to lead his fellow Republicans, as House Minority Leader.

"We've lost two elections in a row and we've lost 55 seats in the last 24 months and it's time to put a new face on our leadership…With losses like this, we have to change course," King said this afternoon during a telephone interview with Radio Iowa.  "Lincoln went through seven generals before he found his General Grant and I think it's time for us to look for a new general."

No word on how Iowa's other Republican Congressman, Tom Latham, may vote.  UPDATE: According to his staff, Latham intends to back Boehner.

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.