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No GOP Shakeup Imminent

Despite calls in some Republican corners for a leadership shakeup, House Minority Leader John Boehner told ABC's George Stephanopoulos yesterday that he and National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Tom Cole were safe, for now.

"I know what needs to be done to deliver real reform here in Washington. I'm staying. My job is to help bring our members together and lead them," Boehner said. "Tom and I had a very good meeting on Friday. We had several conversations last week. Frank and constructive and positive. And I expect we're going to have more conversations next week. He's staying."

Boehner's declaration comes on the heels of three consecutive Republican losses in special elections, losses that have sounded serious alarm bells within the beleaguered party. "When my members want to moan and groan, I understand it," Boehner said. "Things haven't been real happy for them, losing three special elections. But we all have to look in the mirror. We all have to decide, 'Alright what are we going to do today in order to show the American people that we're serious about doing the kind of things they want done?'"

Some Republicans last week suggested that Cole, whose leadership of the NRCC has been second-guessed for months, might be replaced by Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, who increased the party's majorities during his tenure at the helm. Davis, who is not running for re-election himself, issued a memo to fellow Republicans last week in which he called for his party to distance itself from President Bush, and has repeatedly spoken frankly about the GOP's injuries to various media outlets.

One knock on Cole has been his refusal to get involved in primaries to ensure the eventual nominee is the strongest possible candidate. Washington Republicans lay significant blame for the three lost special elections at the feet of the losing candidates, including Jim Oberweis in Illinois, Woody Jenkins in Louisiana and Greg Davis in Mississippi. But Cole told Roll Call's David Drucker he would not change his policy of staying out of competitive primaries. "At this point the last thing a candidate would want is to be the hand-picked candidate of Washington, D.C.," Cole said Friday.

That's not an approach Boehner follows himself. The House Minority Leader, Drucker writes, has endorsed Republican candidates in competitive primaries in Kansas, New Hampshire and New Jersey. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee uses the practice of getting involved in primaries, and Tom Davis and other previous NRCC chairs have done so as well.

With most analysts expecting double-digit losses for national Republicans come November, Cole's and Boehner's jobs could be in jeopardy. NRCC chairs have recently headed the committee for two cycles, though Cole has made clear his indecision about whether to run for another term at the helm. And both parties have made a practice of retiring their leaders after big losses, potentially putting Boehner's position in play as well.

-- Reid Wilson and Kyle Trygstad