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11/17/06--House Republican leadership sings a version of the "Birthday Song" at the request of a television reporter in commemoration of Minority Leader John A. Boehner's (middle, blue tie) birthday; they were in front of the cameras after their caucus voted Friday to keep their top leaders in place for the next two years, just ten days after a devastating loss at the polls cast them into the minority in the 110th Congress. L-R: Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Vice Chair of the Conference Kay Granger, R-Texas, Deputy Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., Boehner, Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., Chairman of the GOP Conference Adam H. Putnam, R-Fla., and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole, R-Okla. The final results for top posts werenÕt even close, despite an impassioned push by leaders of the partyÕs most conservative faction to take over the leadership and drive the GOP even further to the right. Majority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio trounced Mike Pence of Indiana, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, to win election as minority leader. Boehner drew 168 votes to 27 for Pence and one for Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, who dropped out of the race earlier this week. Shortly thereafter, Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri turned back a challenge from conservative hard-liner John Shadegg of Arizona, taking 137 votes to 57 for Shadegg. One member abstained. Adam H. Putnam, R-Fla., a favorite of the current leadership team, was elected chairman of the GOP Conference on the third ballot, defeating Jack Kingston, R-Ga., by 100-91. Two other contenders were knocked out in the first two ballots. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

11/17/06--House Republican leadership sings a version of the "Birthday Song" at the request of a television reporter in commemoration of Minority Leader John A. Boehner's (middle, blue tie) birthday; they were in front of the cameras after their caucus voted Friday to keep their top leaders in place for the next two years, just ten days after a devastating loss at the polls cast them into the minority in the 110th Congress. L-R: Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Vice Chair of the...
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