John Boehner has just released a statement praising outgoing whip Roy Blunt:
"Roy has been one of the most effective whips ever to serve our House Republican team," Boehner said. "He has been a tremendous leader for our party, and we owe him credit and gratitude for countless victories we have achieved in the House during his tenure."
Deputy Whip Eric Cantor, who is in pole position to take over Blunt's spot, also praised the outgoing whip.
"For the past 6 years I have witnessed Roy’s leadership as he has worked to expand our freedom, opportunity and prosperity," said Cantor. "I look forward to continuing to work with my friend Roy and wish him well as he begins this next chapter of leading our nation and party.”
Boehner's full statement after the jump.
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