Conservative Lawmakers Plan To Vote Against Boehner For Speaker

From The Daily Caller:


Some disaffected conservative House Republicans are planning to rebel and vote against John Boehner for speaker of the House when the new Congress convenes next week.

The official speaker’s election is set for Jan. 6., when the House will convene for a public floor vote to open the new Congress.

While the vote is usually just a formality, these conservative lawmakers are planning to vote for someone other than the Ohio Republican who has been speaker since 2011.

“Right now, I’ve been meeting with a small group, and we — about 16, 18 — and we’re hoping to have a name of a sitting member of Congress that we can call out their name,” North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones said in a local radio interview before Christmas, which was first reported by BuzzFeed.

Though ousting Boehner is seen as a long shot endeavor, the hope of the anti-Boehner bloc is for enough Republicans to deny Boehner a majority of the vote, which would cause him to drop out of the race.

These potential defectors are mostly keeping quiet about it in public, but in a posting on Twitter over the weekend, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky hinted he would oppose Boehner. He posted a photo of a sign that reads: “Next Speaker Please.”

A conservative House aide described the current thinking among those voting against Boehner, similar to the one employed two years ago: To win the speaker’s race, Boehner needs the support of a majority of people present. If everyone in the House votes, that would be 218. The new Republican majority in the House will be 247.

If 30 Republicans vote for someone other than Boehner, under that scenario, the Ohio Republican will not have a majority and the body will have to vote again until someone reaches that threshold.

If this would happen, these conservatives hope Boehner would drop out of the speaker’s race and another Republican candidate would run for speaker.


This is a meager effort at best but I wish them every success, otherwise the status quo remains the same and we just wasted an election. Can they muster 30 votes?


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10 Responses to Conservative Lawmakers Plan To Vote Against Boehner For Speaker

  1. captbogus2 says:

    We’ll see. We’ll see.

  2. CW says:

    It astonishes me that there would even be 30 votes FOR Boehner, never mind trying to muster up 30 votes against him.

    I think it’s clear that those in congress fear some sort of retaliation for not supporting Boehner, which means there’s something wrong with the way things work there and it needs to be changed.

    • Kathy says:

      Considering how few true conservatives we have in the House, that number’s not really surprising, CW, there’s way too many of them playing to stay in the game, instead of playing to win.

      • vonmesser says:

        You’re right Kathy. Too many want to be in office more than they want to do the right thing.

        • Kathy says:

          I’m seeing posts similar to this one on many of the conservative websites, so there still may be a slim chance they could toss him out on his ear. Surely those newbies coming in are paying attention to what people want. Even Hannity is calling for Boehner’s head and wants Trey Gowdy to replace him.

          Maybe those guys better wake up if they want to stay.

    • upaces88 says:

      The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

      CW, We all know politicians become ego-maniacs in D.C. However! There is something very evil going on in D.C. Threats?

  3. shycommentor says:


  4. I.R. Wayright says:

    If there is a new speaker, I hope he gets a chance to play a round of golf with the president. Wouldn’t you like to be that close with a 9 iron in your hands? Hmmm?