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Florida Reps. Ted Yoho and Daniel Webster offered as alternative speakers

Published Jan. 7, 2015

Before Rep. John Boehner of Ohio was re-elected House speaker on Tuesday, several alternatives were offered, including Florida Reps. Ted Yoho of Gainesville and Dan Webster of Winter Garden.

"It appears I will be nominated for Speaker of the House," Webster wrote on Twitter. "I am humbled and honored by the confidence many of my colleagues have placed in me."

Webster voted for himself, and drew support from 11 fellow Republicans eager to see a fresh face in leadership. Yoho voted for himself, too, loudly proclaiming his last name as fellow members laughed.

Yoho, who represents the tea party wing of the GOP that has given Boehner the biggest headaches, only got one other vote.

Webster, who was nominated by Rep. Steve King of Iowa, is a deep conservative but is viewed as more of an establishment figure and has kept a low profile in Washington since he was first elected in 2010.

In Florida, Webster is a revered figure, serving as speaker of the Florida House from 1996-98, the first Republican since Reconstruction.

He paid a price on Tuesday, however. Webster was removed from the Rules Committee, as was Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Spring Hill, who voted for Webster.

Florida Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Bonita Springs, drew laughter when he voted for Sen. Rand Paul. (Technically, anyone can be speaker. Colin Powell drew a vote.)

Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Tallahassee, kept a campaign promise and voted against fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Instead she cast a vote for Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee.