Lungren challenges Boehner as House GOP leader

WASHINGTON – Calling for a new course for the GOP, Rep. Dan Lungren said Friday that he is running to become the House minority leader in the new Congress.

Lungren, 62, of Gold River said he will challenge the current leader, Republican Rep. John Boehner of Ohio. Boehner has come under fire after the House GOP suffered big losses in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

“It is my belief that it is neither in the interest of our party or the advancement of our conservative principles to simply affirm the status quo by acclamation in light of what happened on November 4th,” said Lungren, who defeated Sacramento physician Bill Durston last week to win a third term in the 3rd Congressional District.

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