Around the South for Jan. 6: TX, TN & VA

Texas: Gohmert challenging Boehner. US Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) announced Sunday that he will run for speaker of the house. Although incumbent Boehner is a heavy favorite, he now faces two Tea Party-oriented challengers, Gohmert and US Rep. Ted Yoho (FL). Gohmert has criticized Boehner for facilitating passage of the $1.1 trillion bill last year that kept the federal government from closing down ……. Tennessee: Corker says GOP can work with Obama. “We understand, with humility, that we have a lot of serious issues that need to be addressed,”US Sen. Bob Corker (R), incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Fox News Sunday. “The bigger issues absolutely require the president to be involved … we look forward to that opportunity.” ……. Virginia: Cuccinelli an oyster farmer. Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), who narrowly lost a gubernatorial race in 2013, has founded an oyster farm, with a small group of friends, on Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay. The island has 83 habitable acres, few cars and 727 residents, who speak a recognizable dialect of Restoration-era English, reports the Washington Post …….