Skip to comments.Boehner re-elected House speaker (after threatening his caucus)
Posted on 01/03/2013 1:36:50 PM PST by Timber Rattler
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected on a 220 to 192 vote by his colleagues Thursday despite last minute grumblings that opposition from within his own party would derail the embattled politician as retribution for his leadership on controversial issues including the recent fiscal cliff deal.
Boehner ran unopposed within his own party, contrary to speculation that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) might challenge him for the position. Just prior to the vote, Cantor told CNN that Boehner would absolutely be reelected. Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, which raised taxes on a majority of Americans, but he voted for Boehner for speaker.
However, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told Human Events after the vote that arm twisting on Boehners behalf was very intense with threats that Republicans would lose plum committee assignments or campaign donations from the National Republican Congressional Committee if they opposed the speakers reelection.
Huelskamp is one of four Republican lawmakers who lost key committee assignments recently for reportedly voting against issues that were important to Boehner.
The intimidation and pressure was intense, there are a lot of people that wanted to vote no and today, the last call, the last twisting of arms, convinced them not to do that, Huelskamp said.
And certainly my vote was one of no confidence. I want conservative leadership, and that has not been provided by the speaker, Huelskamp said.
Asked specifically who was intimidated to cast their votes for Boehner, Huelskamp declined to name names.
Huelskamp did add that one freshman lawmaker was called prior to the vote and told their committee seat was probably gone if you vote your conscience.
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There was a fellow on the radio one eve who was well-versed n how it all works.
One of the key components is being able to get a plum job as head of some kind of committee.
The reason is each committee has, as part of it’s budget, basically a discretionary amount that the head (or leaders) of the committee get to spend.
For big, important committees, it can be 100K to 200K or even more.
So if you get a job as head of a committee, it’s like getting a credit card with 200K on it you get to spend no matter what... as long as it can be reasonably connected to committee business.
This is money on top of your regular pay as a congresscritter.
After that, if you want to KEEP your job as committee head, you basically stay ready to ben dover and DO WHAT THE BOSSES TELL YOU!
The entire system is irreparably corrupt.
Don’t give up... we need all the warriors that we can muster... if you do... no reason to stay here.
Norm, we are outraged as hell. Now we must fight the progressive republicans as well as the rats.
Which is exactly what happened when many Republican ‘names’ infiltrated the Tea Party and started making all the noises they never did before about their ‘conservative values’.
And then threw their full support behind the biggest Liberal the GOP ever ran.
And people do not like admitting they got duped. Again.
So they will go along to get along. Again. Until they grow a pair and get rid of all the GOP loyalists pretending to be ‘Conservative’.
In other words: “They went along to get along.”
What have I been saying all of this time??? Seems to be true every time.
The Republicans are the “go along to get along” party and will never change.
Never forget the “RULE.” If you go along to get along you will be rewarded with riches and power while you are in office and after you serve your masters and retire.
on the road to Galt’s Gulch myself as of last Friday.
I changed to Independent. When they still call me (and they always do), I tell them I charge by the minute for receiving solicitation by phone and then ask “Is that going to be Visa or Mastercard?” The shock on the other side of the phone is palpable and then they hang up.
Haven’t received any calls for quite a while now.
Listing of how each Representative voted or didn't vote....
According to ABC News he cried at the swearing in ceremony for the house today.
Stop listening to the All Barak Channel. He did no such thing.
Ah, well. We really didnt want to win mid term in 2014, did we?
No. I don’t want sell outs like Miss Speaker to lead me. Better to stand for SOMETHING than fall for ANYTHING.
I DO want Levin type conservatives to win. The GOPe keeps it up and I’ll have to run in the primary.
I’m Joe nobody. But at least I read and understand the rules provided to run the country.
The only person with a right to cry today at his swearing in ceremony is George Washington.
It’s the news feed the local Levin station carries. No can do. But I normally try to ignore it ;)
By the way. I call BS on your “he did no such thing”
Ronald Reagan, a former Democrat, when asked why he left the Democrat Party said something to the effect that, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party. The Democrat Party left me.”
Well, after 48 years of being a loyal registered Republican, I know that I have not left the party of my youth. That party has left me. Accordingly, I no longer consider myself a Republican and will be changing my voter registration to Independent. I will continue to support conservative Republicans.
Unfortunately, I live in California where my RINO Republican Congresswoman, Mary Bono Mack who ran a horrible campaign was defeated by an ultra left wing Democrat who posed as a moderate. And then we have the obnoxious Boxer and her cohort Feinstein.
With Obama, Biden, Boxer, Fineswine and now Raul Ruiz, I have to ask whether there is any hope. Surely, not from the likes of Boehner and Cantor. As for the Republican Party, it is dead here in California and on life support at the national level.
Washington would not be crying. he’s seen this type of government before.
He’d be pissed and loading his weapon.
That can keep your money out of the hands of the Establishment Republicans, but it won't help get true conservatives elected.
So, get someone like Sarah Palin to set it up and run it.
In Texas, we cannot change parties until March 2014, and the only way we can “change” is to vote in a Democratic primary!
Ultimately, it is the Republican primary voters who have killed the party; they are too uninformed to pick good nominees. These Republicans know how to make money to pay their “fair share”, but they can’t pick good candidates.
I don’t know Raul Ruiz, but I know November 6 was a bad day not just for the Romneys but for the Macks as well! In fact, it was a very bad day for all conservatives. We should have seen it coming.
Don’t you think these same low information Republican voters will be pushing for Jebbie in 2016? Boehner might even endorse first to get the ball rolling.
Yeah, notice that Boner and Romney are/were real good at attacking their own, but when it comes to the opposition, not so much! Boner is the biggest disgrace the Republicans have ever has as a leader. Note to self, go change registration to IND.
Ska-rew those morons with their "third party" crazy talk. Take back the GOP.
All you've done is to guarantee a quadrupling of the junk mail you will receive during the next election...from both parties.
That's because the city people elect the Senators rather than the State Legislatures...as is was originally designed.
Oh well .. more kindling for my nifty 24-brick rocket stove
The glossy postcard crap doesn’t burn well, and fills your stove with ash.
I don’t think there’s a real good answer to the political junk mail problem, other than staying “R”...they won’t waste a lot of money mailing to you.
I call myself a “neutralist.” I don’t belong to any political party, and I want them all thrown out, and start over. It can’t be any worse than it is now.
Note to self, go change registration to IND.
I already did. I will support any conservative candidate.
Chuckle! Point well taken!
What’s wrong with that? Mess up their primary.
As long as you can still vote for who ever you want in the general.
Good luck with that.. Do report bad your success.
Good luck with that.. Do report back your success.
(or bad success.. that is more likely)