John Boehner won reelection as Speaker of the House on Thursday by a surprisingly easy margin, getting 220 votes from his caucus (I suspect because no one else really wants the job). But two of the looniest congressmen voted for — get this — recently defeated Rep. Allen West.
Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) voted for West during the roll call of lawmakers to elect a House speaker for the 113th Congress on Thursday.
Currently serving in the U.S. House isn’t a requirement for being elected speaker, so West was an eligible – if unlikely – candidate.
I did not know that you could be speaker without being a member of the House. Colin Powell also got a vote.