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Texas GOP candidate Flores not committed to Boehner as speaker

By Paul Kane and Karen Tumulty

GRANBURY, Tex.-- Embattled Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Tex.) has gotten some attention for his declaration that, if he is re-elected, he is not committed to voting for Nancy Pelosi to be House speaker again.

However, he is not the only non-committal candidate in the race. His Republican opponent, oilman Bill Flores, has recently been telling audiences that there is one question he will refuse to answer: whether he will vote for GOP leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) as speaker if Flores is elected and Republicans take over the House.

"The real answer is, 'I don't know,' " Flores said at a Republican dinner here on Monday night. He added that, at this point, he simply doesn't know Boehner well enough to support him.

Flores was first questioned about Boehner in August, but he has recently incorporated his refusal to answer it into his stump speech.

The two candidates are battling in the most heavily Republican district in the country to be represented by a Democrat.

While neither candidate will say who they will support for House speaker, both are willing to accept campaign cash from those same leaders.

In the three months following his primary victory, Flores took in almost $90,000 in donations from his would-be Republican colleagues, including $5,000 from Boehner's Freedom Project political action committee on May 28, the same day the entire GOP leadership team donated to his campaign.

Until this election cycle, Edwards was one of the largest beneficiaries of Pelosi's political donations, taking in the maximum of $10,000 from her PAC to the Future in 2006 and 2008.

However, in this political climate, Edwards rejected a $5,000 check that Pelosi's PAC sent to his campaign in February, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission.

By Paul Kane and Karen Tumulty  | September 21, 2010; 9:18 AM ET
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Flores the Oilman is being coy about whether he'll support Boner the Best Friend Any Lobbyist Could Hope For and Edwards might or might not back Pelosi. Since it looks like the next Congress is headed for the Twilight Zone, who could possibly care?

Posted by: CopyKinetics | September 21, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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