U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and his 2002 speech to a white supremacy group are among the challenges facing House Speaker John Boehner’s effort to win re-election to the post, according to Bloomberg News.

Scalise is the No. 3-ranking Republican. Boehner has pledged to support Scalise.

Other challenges for Boehner include the hangover of former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, who resigned after pleading guilty to a federal tax charge; riding herd on Tea Party members who limit his deal-making abilities; and critics in his own party who say Boehner has been too quick to compromise.