The Hill reports,
“Speaker Boehner believes that the first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution and, as we saw yesterday with the Holy Father, it is the one thing that unites and inspires us all,” a Boehner aide said.
The aide said Boehner had only been planning to serve through the end of last year, but decided to stay on after then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suffered a stunning primary loss.
“Everybody’s still in sort of a state of shock.” Rep. John Mica (R-FL)
“He just does not want to become the issue. Some people have tried to make him the issue, both in Congress and outside. We’ll just have to regroup. We faced challenges before.” Rep Mica