House GOP to Hold ‘Special’ Meeting Today; Rumors Fly About Cantor’s Exit

Action is moving fast on the Hill.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, answers questions during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, May 8, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
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Tim Alberta
June 11, 2014, 8:24 a.m.

House Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship in­formed its mem­bers Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that they would be con­ven­ing a “Spe­cial GOP Con­fer­ence” meet­ing at 4 p.m., prompt­ing seni­or Hill staffers to won­der — and in some cases as­sume — that Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor will be step­ping aside today.

Can­tor is ex­pec­ted to ad­dress the meet­ing, ac­cord­ing to GOP sources, and Speak­er John Boehner and Ma­jor­ity Whip Kev­in Mc­Carthy are ex­pec­ted to play sup­port­ing roles. But little is known bey­ond that.

One seni­or Re­pub­lic­an aide, not­ing that at least one per­son — Rep. Pete Ses­sions of Texas — is already run­ning for Can­tor’s job, said he ex­pec­ted Can­tor would step aside and en­dorse the pro­mo­tion of Mc­Carthy, his closest friend in Con­gress. “That’s what I sus­pect,” the aide said.