Monday Brings New Conservative Opposition to John Boehner

The Daily Signal ran a piece Monday listing the 9 GOP Congressmen (it’s 10 now) who have officially announced that they WILL NOT be voting for John Boehner as Speaker of the House. It’s an interesting list with a mix of new Congressmen and old, conservative and libertarian; strikingly absent are any members of the GOP establishment.

The fact that no establishment Republicans have stepped out against Boehner should tell us everything we need to know about who John Boehner is and who John Boehner speaks for. The same people who gave us candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney. The same people who have tried to shove the likes of Chris Christie and Jeb Bush down our throats. Boehner is the mouthpiece for the moneyed, GOP establishment cronyists… the very people who (along with their Democrat counterparts) are most at fault for the problems we are facing as a nation.

Thus far only Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Walter Jones (R-NC), Steve King (R-IA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Dave Brat (R-VA), Gary Palmer (R-AL) and Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) have officially announced their plan to vote against Boehner… but there is word brewing that the tide is rising and some 25 Congressman are sincerely considering voting against Boehner as well.

They [conservatives] need 29 conservatives to stand shoulder to shoulder to make that happen.

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There are allegedly 25 of 29 ready to do it. Of course, last time they had the votes to block the Speaker and they all caved at the end. It would be more surprising if they hung together than if they caved. Caving is what conservatives in the House of Representatives often do.

The Boehner camp has apparently begun working to beat the possible opposition into submission as Louie Gohmert recounted to Glenn Beck on Monday.

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert said there is “real intimidation” happening in the fight to determine who will be the next speaker of the House of Representatives.

“If you don’t win, you’re toast,” Beck said. “And that’s exactly what they’re going to be saying [to those who don’t vote for Boehner]. That’s what Boehner is saying to everybody right now. ‘Listen, you don’t vote for me, you don’t play ball with me now, you’re not getting on any committee. You’re not going to be heard from again.’”

But the intimidation didn’t work against freshman Congressman David Brat (R-VA), who just a few months ago ousted one of Boehner’s chief allies, Eric Cantor, from Congress.

“I tell you what, Glenn, there is some real intimidation going on. Apparently this morning there was a statement released by Boehner’s people saying David Brat was going to vote for him.”

Gohmert said one tactic of Boehner’s team may be something like: “We’re going to get names out there of people that may not vote for us, but when they see in print that we’re counting on them voting for us, they’ll be afraid not to.”

“Unfortunately for Boehner,” Gohmert continued, Brat still says he will not vote for the current speaker.

In fact, Brat penned an op-ed for Breitbart’s Big Government on Monday where he made it clear that he would not support Boehner for Speaker of the House.

I do not cast this vote as an individual, but on behalf of the citizens of Virginia’s Seventh District who sent me to Washington to act as their representative. While I like Speaker Boehner personally, he will not have my support for Speaker.

The intimidation also did not work on former leadership candidate Marlin Stutzman, who has also announced that he will not support Boehner this time around.

After careful consideration, I have decided to vote for a new Speaker of the House. I have great respect for Speaker Boehner, for his time in office, and for the work we’ve done together.  However, I do believe it is time to make a change.

Indeed. It’s time for a change, conservative voter. Call your House Rep. and make sure they get on board with what you want. Demand that they vote out John Boehner and turn the reins of leadership over to a conservative.

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