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  Rep. Boehner gains key ally in House leadership fight
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jan 11, 2006 04:13pm
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News DateWednesday, January 11, 2006 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOhio Rep. John Boehner has gained the support from an Illinois congressman with close ties to Speaker Dennis Hastert in his challenge to Roy Blunt's bid to win election next month as House majority leader.

Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Illinois, said he was canceling a scheduled trip to India, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore to work on behalf of Boehner's bid for the No. 2. position in the GOP leadership. Boehner, R-Ohio, now chairs the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Blunt, who has held the majority leader's job on an acting basis since last fall, claimed momentum Tuesday in his bid to succeed Texas Republican Tom DeLay, releasing a list of 39 supporters. Blunt was elected to the party's No. 3 House post in 2002 as GOP whip. He has been doing both that job and DeLay's since DeLay was forced by party rules to step down last September upon his indictment on charges of laundering campaign funds.
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