If 28 Republican House Members vote against John Boehner next week, the race for Speaker of the House will go to a second ballot.
Two years ago nine Reps voted against Boehner, but this year there is real angst in the Conservative/Tea Party ranks over the Speaker’s caving to President Obama. This is really the last opportunity to make a real fight over the Obama priorities for the nation and most Republicans don’t feel John Boehner is the guy to lead that fight.
A whopping 60 percent of voters who voted for Republicans in the last election either definitely or probably want their member of Congress to elect someone other than Boehner on Jan. 6, when Congress convenes, according to the poll. The voters were asked: “As you may know the new Congress will select its leaders in January. If it were up to you, would you elect John Boehner to continue as Speaker of the House or would you elect someone new?”
In response to that question, 34 percent of the GOP voters surveyed said they definitely want someone other than Boehner and 26 percent said they probably want someone other than Boehner. Only 11 percent said they definitely want to keep Boehner…
The question is, will House Members vote like their constituents are telling them.
The insurgents seem to be a little better organized this time around.
The effort to oust Boehner, while believed to be loosely-organized, has been in the works for weeks. Shortly before Christmas, North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones discussed the plot on a local radio show.
“Right now, I’ve been meeting with a small group, and we — about 16, 18 — and we’re hoping to have a name of a sitting member of Congress that we can call out their name,” Jones said.
If, and it’s a big if, there are 16 or 18 today who will vote against Boehner there’s a pretty good likelihood that the vote will go past the first round.
Right now a number of Members have thrown their hat in the ring against Boehner, including Louis Gohmert of Texas. We doubt any of the current opposition can muster the necessary votes to beat Boehner, but if the vote moves past the first round there’s some chance that a high profile Member – Trey Gowdy for instance – will throw his hat in the ring and that could make a real race out of it.
We’ll be following this, in the meantime, call your Representative – (202) 224-3121 – every day until the vote. Let them know it’s past time to have new leadership in the House.
There is no reason to believe that John Boehner will fight Barack Obama’s agenda. He hasn’t for six years, and he’s been openly antagonistic to conservative Members. It’s time for a change.
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