"It is about, we lost seats in the house, we lost the Senate, we lost the presidency. I just thought it was time for new leadership. Hey, he won, he is the Republican guy and I am going to be all behind him," Bridenstine explained.
Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, who has served more than 20 years in the House and told CNN he knows Boehner well and personally likes him, summed up the scene on the House floor during the vote as "weird."
But Hastings downplayed any permanent damage to Boehner, describing those who opposed the speaker as representing just a "fringe" element.
"Republicans are crazy, but they aren't all bats**t crazy," Hastings said.