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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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)
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