A number of newly elected Republican Congressmen and women voted for John Boehner for speaker after they ran a campaign opposing the GOP leadership.
Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Congressman from the 5th district of South Carolina, is giving cover for himself and those who voted for Boehner.
He begins by stating “that people lie about how they are going to vote. And you cannot go into this kind of fight with people you do not trust.” People lie, even congressmen who swore up and down that they would oppose Boehner and the Republican establishment if they got elected.
So why should the people who voted for you go into battle with you since you did not do what you said you would do?
Twenty five Republicans voted against Boehner. You would have been the 26th vote. A few more votes and Boehner would have been defeated on the first ballot. Even if nobody was able to get enough votes to claim the Speaker position, it would have at least shown those who put you in office that you tried; that you kept your word. That’s all anybody could ask of you.
The vote failed by 11 votes. But if we take your vote and the votes of those offering the same excuses you are making, Boehner would have been defeated.
For example, there are 9 Republican congressmen from Georgia. Do the math: 9 plus your 1 plus Mia Love equals 11. Boehner is defeated.
You write that “the likes of Jim Jordan, Raul Labrador, Trey Gowdy, Mark Sanford, Trent Franks, Tom McClintock, Matt Salmon, Tom Price, Sam Johnson, and Jeb Hensarling” stood with you. Why didn’t you all stand together and join with the 25 who did not vote for Boehner?
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