Chamber’s Donohue: GOP Unlikely to Win House in November

Posted May 28, 2010 at 11:36am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is predicting that House Republicans will not regain the majority in November.

Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Friday, Donohue told reporters that the GOP is likely to see handsome returns on Election Day but still will fall short of the 39 victories necessary to retake the chamber.

“I suspect there will be a fair amount of turnover, but it would be a long reach to take back the House,” Donohue said.

A major obstacle preventing a clean Republican sweep is the infighting by factions of both the Democratic and Republican parties, Donohue said.

Still, when asked about whether insurgent ophthalmologist Rand Paul’s recent Senate Republican primary victory in Kentucky was a positive development, Donohue deflected.

“It’s sort of fun to get people who aren’t lawyers,” he said.