U.S. Rep. Dan Webster of Florida is a "plodder" — his words — and he's maintained that style since arriving in Washington four years ago. But on Tuesday the Republican became the lead protagonist of an attempted coup against House Speaker John Boehner.
"No regrets," Webster said in an interview Wednesday as he and his staff were still consumed by the whirlwind of attention.
Webster did not get enough votes to oust Boehner, but the attempt illustrated rank-and-file dissatisfaction with Republican leadership.
"I felt like I had a message to give and an opportunity to do it, that is I want to have a more member-driven process where every member gets an opportunity to play. Take a pyramid of power where a few people make the decisions, push it down, spread it out," Webster said. "We have a lot of talented people in this Congress and we can avoid a lot of unintended consequences if we just included them."