The New Hampshire House rejected an effort by backers of former Republican Speaker Bill O'Brien to install him as House majority leader. But O’Brien says he’s still moving forward with plans to form his own leadership team.
Backers of O’Brien knew they faced long odds in trying to get a House majority to reject the course it set just last month when members chose Shawn Jasper as speaker, but that didn’t stop them.
Steve Stepanek of Amherst told colleagues the very future of the house depended on ensuring that caucuses -not any speaker - get final say on who should lead.
The man appointed by House Speaker Shawn Jasper to lead House Republicans held his first GOP caucus on Wednesday. Brookline lawmaker Jack Flanagan says he expects resistance from some backers of former House Speaker Bill O'Brien, but expects the controversy over who is the rightful leader of Republicans in the House to fade.
On Wednesday afternoon, Flanagan caucused privately with about 100 House Republicans. Flanagan said the stated goal was to gather input of policy priorities for the next two year session.