- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming’s lone congressional representative isn’t saying whom she supports to be the next speaker of the House amid the recent Republican leadership turmoil.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis is one of 30 or so members of a group of Republicans called the Freedom Caucus who want more confrontation with the Obama administration over conservative causes. Many Freedom Caucus members support Rep. Daniel Webster, of Florida, to be speaker.

Whether Lummis, too, supports Webster isn’t clear. Lummis spokesman Joe Spiering declined to comment Monday when asked where Lummis stands.

Current Speaker John Boehner recently announced he would resign from Congress at the end of this month. Many Freedom Caucus members who saw Boehner as insufficiently confrontational on issues such as federal funding for Planned Parenthood cheered the news.

Lummis has been supportive of Boehner, however, as recently as this year. She defended him during a leadership challenge in January.

On Thursday, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, of California, stunned fellow Republicans by withdrawing from consideration to be speaker. McCarthy also lacked support from Freedom Caucus members and was unsure he could secure enough votes to win despite being heavily favored.

Lummis told The New York Times after McCarthy’s announcement “nothing good ever happens during a crisis” and her party couldn’t elect a Speaker amid turmoil.

Since then, many have been urging Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, to seek the post. As of Monday, Ryan had expressed no interest in the job.

Lummis has been more vocal about the presidential race and supports Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, for the Republican nomination.

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