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Boehner takes revenge
Jan 7th, 2015 at 4:33pm
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Boehner takes revenge

By: Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
Updated 1/7/15

John Boehner is getting revenge.

After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relatively unknown members of the Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot two of the insurgents from the influential Rules Committee. That could be just the start of payback for the speaker’s betrayers, who might see subcommittee chairmanships and other perks fall away in the coming months.

Boehner’s allies have thirsted for this kind of action from the speaker, saying he’s let people walk all over him for too long and is too nice to people who are eager to stab him in the back. The removal of Florida Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent from Rules was meant as a clear demonstration that what Boehner and other party leaders accepted during the previous Congress is no longer acceptable, not with the House’s biggest GOP majority in decades.

The reason for demoting the two Florida Republicans was simple: Webster ran against Boehner for speaker, distributing fliers outlining his candidacy and talking about how he would better adhere to the House rules than the Ohio Republican. Nugent supported his fellow Floridian in the quixotic endeavor, which garnered the support of 12 lawmakers. Webster didn’t even give Boehner a heads-up that he was running, although leadership was aware early Tuesday morning that it could happen.

With Webster openly offering himself as an alternative to Boehner, the GOP leadership thought seats on the Rules Committee were a plum that the pair no longer deserved. It didn’t take more than a few hours for Webster — a legendary former Florida statehouse speaker and state Senate majority leader — and Nugent to find themselves on the outside of a power structure they were once very much a part of.

Members are already making noises about reversing any punitive action by Boehner and the leadership, although the speaker’s allies warn that further retaliation could be on the way.

The House Republican leadership is carefully reviewing the list of members who voted against the speaker and those who opposed a procedural motion in December on the so-called “crominibus,” the $1.1 trillion spending package to keep the government open through to September. Top Republican sources suggested that the process could take months to unfold.

For example, Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell got a slot on the Appropriations Committee, key for his Virginia Beach district, yet voted for Webster, a move that infuriated Boehner loyalists. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) had gotten into the good graces of top Republicans, then turned his back on Boehner in favor of Webster. Particular ire was directed toward Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who had a dinner Monday night at which the uprising was discussed. Dozens of other Republicans could face a backlash.

“This is one of those cases where the fire has only gotten more intense,” said a GOP lawmaker. “More attention has been brought to this now. It’s not going to go away.”

The rebels don’t think they deserve anything other than respect from the leadership and their colleagues, and none suggested they were sorry about publicly seeking to oust Boehner.

They are also aware that a price might have to be paid, especially with Boehner having more leeway on votes thanks to his enlarged majority.

Tuesday’s tally brought “double the number” of anti-Boehner votes compared with 2013, noted Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), one of the most vocal thorns in Boehner’s side. Huelskamp said he was unhappy that “only three of the freshmen class” voted against Boehner.

Huelskamp said he was denied a chance to get back his seat on the Agriculture Committee because of his opposition to Boehner. The Kansas Republican was removed from the panel in 2012.

“I am already hearing from my colleagues, and myself, about retaliation against those who voted their conscience, their constituents, their principles, to change the status quo,” Huelskamp said. “My colleagues fully expect that. That’s what they expect out of this leadership team.”

Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King, who voted against Boehner, said, “If you cannot vote your conscience … then it’s clearly a dysfunctional system here.”



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Re: Boehner takes revenge
Reply #1 - Jan 7th, 2015 at 5:09pm
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As I have said for a long time, the #1  enemy of conservatives isn't the leftwing - it's the RINOs.  It's  a hard battle, but it has to be fought.  Those who take the long view should vote for democrats running against RINO opponents.
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Reply #2 - Jan 8th, 2015 at 8:35pm
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patrick2 wrote on Jan 7th, 2015 at 5:09pm:
As I have said for a long time, the #1  enemy of conservatives isn't the leftwing - it's the RINOs.  It's  a hard battle, but it has to be fought.  Those who take the long view should vote for democrats running against RINO opponents.

  When the elected, ignore the results of the election, then let the chips fall where they may.

  The next election could very well unsnug them. Angry

   He should have stepped down and let some young republican step up.

  Maybe Bohner caught something from Obama, on the 13th green, maybe both in the rough at the same time? Way to much social time that didn't produce shit in my book.

Says a whole lot about the "party"? Undecided


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