ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:
House Republican Leader John Boehner, the next likely Speaker of the House, ignored questions this afternoon from reporters asking him to react to the news that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is running for House Minority Leader in the 112th session of Congress.
Boehner, R-Ohio, suddenly appeared with a small entourage of aides and security, surprising a scrum of reporters positioned near the Speaker’s office inside the Capitol. As he made his way through the hallways, Boehner was asked repeatedly to react to the news, but he showed no reaction and did not comment.
Earlier this afternoon, outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, dispelled rumors that she planned to resign from Democratic leadership or retire from Congress by announcing that she is running for the House Democrats’ top-ranking leadership post – House Minority Leader.
Boehner, R-Ohio, also ignored a question from ABC News asking whether he believed he could work effectively with the minority party if it is led by Pelosi.
The House leadership elections are expected to take place during the first week of the Lame Duck session, which begins Nov. 15. Republican and Democratic aides tell ABC News that the leadership election will most likely be held on Thursday, Nov. 18. That’s the same day President Obama has invited leaders from both parties in the House and Senate to the White House for a bipartisan meeting to discuss his legislative priorities in the Lame Duck and the next Congress.
-John R. Parkinson