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Nine Republicans Vote Webster for Speaker; Graham Sticks By Promise Not to Back Pelosi

Webster’s supporters were some of the usual Republican rebels, but not large in number.

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Jack Fitzpatrick
Oct. 29, 2015, 10:44 a.m.

Four­teen House mem­bers broke ranks as Rep. Paul Ry­an (R-WI 01) was elec­ted speak­er Thursday, either vot­ing for someone oth­er than their party’s fa­vor­ite or de­clin­ing to vote. Nine Re­pub­lic­ans voted for Rep. Daniel Web­ster (R-FL 10), who asked not to be nom­in­ated. Three Demo­crats voted for three dif­fer­ent al­tern­at­ives oth­er than House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi (D). And Web­ster and Rep. Gregory Meeks (R-NY 05) de­clined to vote.

The nine Re­pub­lic­ans who sup­por­ted Web­ster were Reps. Dave Brat (R-VA 07), Curt Clawson (R-FL 19), Louie Gohmert (R-TX 01), Paul Gos­ar (R-AZ 04), Wal­ter Jones (R-NC 03), Thomas Massie (R-KY 04), Bill Po­sey (R-FL 08), Randy Weber (R-TX 14), and Ted Yoho (R-FL 03).

Rep. Gwen Gra­ham (D-FL 02) voted for Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN 05). She also voted for Cooper in Janu­ary, and prom­ised dur­ing her cam­paign not to sup­port Pelosi. Cooper, mean­while, voted for former Sec­ret­ary of State Colin Pow­ell. And Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ 09) voted for Rep. John Lewis (D-GA 05).

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