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Republican minority leader John Boehner refused to fall on his sword after the blow-out election two weeks ago. And that made conservatives very, very angry. Now it appears that Dan Lundgren, northern California's few remaining republicans, is up for a bit of gauntlet tossing.

MSM is reacting with its usual ankle-biting contempt. See for yourself at ABC's political radar website.

ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: A conservative California congressman announced Friday that he's mounting a leadership challenge to House Minority Leader John Boehner, as the GOP continues to assess the fallout from last week’s election losses.

Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., becomes the first rank-and-file House member to announce his intent to challenge the top House Republican in next week’s leadership elections. The No. 2 and No. 3 House Republicans have said they’re stepping down from their posts, but Boehner is seeking another term as minority leader.

“I am embarking on this effort because I think our Party is in trouble,” Lungren wrote in a letter to colleagues Friday afternoon. “If we don’t admit our difficulties and address them aggressively, we not only run the risk of becoming a permanent Congressional Minority but we will do a disservice to our nation.”