House Speaker John Boehner says he'll leave office to prevent ''leadership turmoil'' in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner will step down and leave the House at the end of October after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber's top Republican. The Ohio lawmaker, 65, stunned Republican House members at a morning meeting on Friday (September 25) with the announcement he will leave the top job in the 435-seat chamber and resign his seat effective on Oct. 30. U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, 50, of California, the No. 2 House Republican, quickly became the leading contender to replace Boehner as speaker. McCarthy has been loyal to Boehner during his frequent tussles with conservatives, but in recent months has tacked to the right. In a statement Boehner said he was stepping aside to avoid another brewing House battle over his leadership. Conservatives had threatened a House revolt and possible government shutdown over spending next week. "It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution," Boehner said.