The Corner

Barton Out; Endorses Boehner

Energy & Commerce Committee chair Joe Barton has ended his candidacy for Maj Leader and endorsed John Boehner.

From a statement Barton’s office released earlier tonight:

“People want more freedom and less government.  They want to keep more of what they earn.  They want to be healthy, they want to be protected from snooping, and they want to believe that their Congress is honest.  If we stand with America, America will stand with us.

“Those are the reasons I joined the race for Republican leader and, as I leave the race, I do so confident in John Boehner’s commitment to those goals.  Because of that, I will join the majority of Republican members on Friday in voting for John to become our next leader. 

Few thought Barton had any chance to win the Friday vote, but his withdrawal and endorsement of Boehner could secure a few additional votes for the Ohioan from Barton’s committee and the Texas delegation