Freshmen House Repubs already ignoring campaign promise by backing Boehner

Cynics say elections don’t make a thing in America.
The report below is more grist for their mill.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner kisses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, as he holds the gavel after being re-elected speaker on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonOn Jan. 6, 215, John Boehner kisses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after narrowly winning a 3rd term as House Speaker, having survived a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans. (Source)

Cristina Marcos reports for The Hill, Jan. 7, 2015, that conservative groups are blasting several new House Republicans who backtracked on campaign promises to oppose John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) bid for another term as Speaker.

During their 2014 races, those Republicans had pledged to vote for alternatives to Boehner and the current House GOP leadership.

Here are the turncoat freshmen House Republicans:

1. Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.): Grothman indicated last year that he’d be a thorn in Boehner’s side upon arriving to Congress, though he didn’t explicitly promise to vote against him. Grothman said at an August debate, “I would have no problem looking for an alternative to Speaker Boehner. I have no problem standing up to Republican leadership.” But Grothman ultimately voted for Boehner, leaving conservatives who predicted Grothman would join their grassroots efforts disappointed. RedState blogger Erick Erickson wrote, “Elections have a way of voluntarily and willingly neutering congressmen. There will be no standing up by Glenn Grothman.”

2. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.): Hice had expressed dissent during the House GOP leadership elections in November, but voted for Boehner’s continuation as House Speaker. Hice blamed his vote on a poorly organized rebellion: “I truly regret that a proper campaign was not waged, with the issues fully debated, that would have allowed a conservative to prevail in November, yet I huddled with fellow conservatives up until 10 minutes before the House was called to order,” Hice vowed that conservatives will keep Boehner on guard in the new Congress, saying, “Indeed, today is not the final verdict on the Speaker’s leadership or even a vote of confidence. If he does not deliver on his pledge to lead as a conservative, we will displace him.”

3. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.): Like Hice, Loudermilk also blamed poor organization, saying he had voted for Boehner because no “viable alternative” came forward. Insisting that he had expressed dissent during the closed-door House GOP conference leadership elections in November, Loudermilk said, “When Republicans chose our nominee, I was one of three who voted for new leadership. However, nearly two months later, we still were not presented with another serious candidate.”
4. Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.)
5. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) 
6. Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.): Walker said during the 2014 campaign that he’d vote for Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) who chairs the panel investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. But Walker chose to vote for Boehner after an alternative candidate didn’t come forward in November, and maintained that “A change in House leadership, at this time and in this way, would have detracted from our conservative message.”

Only one freshman, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), opposed Boehner on the floor in Tuesday’s vote after pledging to do so during his campaign. But Palmer seems to be confused because he voted for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who is not a member of the House, to replace Boehner as House Speaker.

Three other freshmen Republicans who didn’t make campaign pledges also defected, but it’s newcomers who made promises that are under fire.

The conservative Madison Project (MP) excoriated the defectors — Loudermilk, Mooney, and Ratcliffe — whom MP had endorsed during the 2014 campaign, for violating a pledge they had signed with MP’s political action committee that, if they were elected to the House, they would vote against the current leadership. MP’s political director Drew Ryun said in a statement: “Choosing to side with the Washington establishment and turn a blind eye to John Boehner’s attacks on conservatives and his unwillingness to stand up to President Obama and executive amnesty was a slap in the face to the conservative movement.”

Ryun said that Madison Project had spoken to grassroots conservatives in the respective districts to put the lawmakers “on notice”: “This vote and act of betrayal to our conservative principles will be at the forefront of our minds when deciding to endorse in the future.”

All empty threats.

Obama gives America the finger

No wonder Obama the POS is already giving Congress and Republicans the finger, saying, “Sure, [Republican members of Congress and I will] disagree on some things. We’ll have to compromise on others. I’ll act on my own when it’s necessary.”

 H/t Martha Trowbridge


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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
5 years ago

When I read that Boehner had been reelected, I thought . . . damn, life sucks! It was to much to hope that men and women of integrity would kick him to the curb. So, we continue will the same garbage as what we had. How does Boehner look himself in the mirror without being sick? He must be a quart low on testosterone–he caves at every opportunity, and then we go back to doing “business as usual.”


Repub vs. Dem: Other Phantom Fights/Elections:
We are fully aware there are those that still believe there is a fully, independent functioning federal government. Global Governance has for intentional purposes already arrived with most Amerikans still living in the fairytale land their minds defense mechanism keeps them trapped. A government of the United States of America does not actually exist, it is merely a shell really, a tool for the globalists to bring the population to its knees.

Trail Dust
5 years ago

No surprises here.
They may ignore the will of the voters right now, but next election will see the frustration with Washington reach critical mass.

MA in MO
5 years ago

Yep, the NWO crowd has won again. Sounds to me like there are some new freshmen legislators that have already been bought off. That did not take long did it. The only thing I give boner credit for is it take him a year or two before he sold his soul to the devil. Ok the elections of 2014 happened, the win was huge but it is back to the same ole same ole and we get to do this all over again in 2016 and it will be the same ole same ole. May the Lord come quickly!

5 years ago

The list in Red above shows that we elected more sissified twits with an (R) after their name in November 2014!

5 years ago

Shocker, not. Yet disappointing.

5 years ago

So it’s back to monkey business as usual. SHOCKER!!