House conservative group backs Representative Webster as next speaker

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Posted: Oct 07, 2015 5:02 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small but outspoken group of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday threw their support behind Representative Daniel Webster as their choice to become speaker, replacing the retiring John Boehner.

Representatives John Fleming and Jim Jordan told reporters that the House "Freedom Caucus" members cast their votes for Webster, a Florida Republican. The move could complicate efforts by front-runner House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to win the speakership.

But Fleming added that Wednesday's decision by the group is an endorsement that does not necessarily bind them to stick with Webster when the full House votes on Oct. 29.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Sandra Maler)