"I don't think any group ever expects anyone to follow them to a T as far as what their recommendations are . . . But at the same time, they want to weigh in, too, so that everyone knows what their thoughts are."
Miley said he was aware of no strong-arming by interest groups concerning the speaker's race. However, he said he wasn't sure he would have known if it did happen.
Miley won the speaker's election on a 53-44 vote. Miley and Armstead voted for one another - following House tradition - and three GOP delegates were absent.
Ferns was the only delegate not to vote for his party's nominee.
Ferns told Miley before the start of session Tuesday how he would vote. The vote wasn't necessarily against Miley, Ferns said, adding he has much respect for the former Judiciary Committee chairman. It was more about his displeasure with the influence of outside interest groups.
Ferns, 30, a physical therapist from Wheeling who is serving his second term in the House, said he would have voted for White if he were the party nominee.
Miley thanked Ferns for his candor but said he was disappointed in his decision. In coming to Miley, Ferns also mentioned his frustrations with interest groups.
"I had encouraged him to not hold that against me, because I certainly didn't facilitate that or encourage that," Miley said. "But he had to make a tough decision and that's the decision he made."
Armstead thanked Ferns for his vote and for standing by what he thought was right.
"I think that's what we need more of in West Virginia, people who are willing to say 'Here's what I think is right, and I'm going to do what I think is right for the people of West Virginia,' " Armstead said. "I think Ryan has been willing to do that."
Although he said he didn't know Ferns would vote for him, Armstead thinks Ferns agrees with many GOP goals. He added Republicans would "love to see him" switch parties.
Ferns said he expects the Republicans to ask him to change his affiliation.
"I have no plans to switch parties at this time," he said.
There could be ramifications for the vote, Ferns admitted. He hopes to sit down and speak more about it with Miley soon.