Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert Announces Challenge to Speaker Boehner

G4After what Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) calls “years of broken promises” by Republican leadership in Congress, fiscal conservatives and Tea Party Republicans in the US House of Representatives may finally have a chance to get a more like-minded Speaker of the House. The vote in the US House will happen on Tuesday, and many conservative leaders, like FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe, quoted Sunday by The Hill, are strongly encouraging Republican voters to call their representatives and ask them to vote for an alternative to Boehner, like Gohmert or Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), who has also announced his candidacy:

Speaker Boehner has kicked fiscal conservatives off committee positions for voting against his wishes, caved on numerous massive spending bills at the eleventh hour, and abused the legislative process to stomp out opposition by holding surprise votes and giving members little time to actually read the bills before they vote.

I’ve been spending time tonight emailing my representative, and I plan to call tomorrow, as well.  If you don’t know who your representative is, please go to the Congressional Website HERE and click on your state.  Please make your wishes known.


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8 responses to “Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert Announces Challenge to Speaker Boehner

  1. Ting

    I think this is worth our efforts, even though it is a long shot. I think calls and faxes are more effective than e-mails. Calls the most effective. If your Congressman was one of the 50-some Republicans who voted against the Cromnibus bill, they are the best hope to focus on. I think mention should be made of Pat Caddell’s poll showing 60plus% want a new Speaker. The staffers know about this poll, of course, but they are hoping that you are not paying attention. I think you also thank them for their “No” vote on the Cromnibus bill, to soften them up, but also to let them know you are paying attention to their votes.

    There are alternatives who have put themselves forward, and as of right now, 9 Congressmen have publicly stated they will not vote for Boehner. Say how much you respect those 9!

    I know this is a long shot, but it is really worth the effort, I think.


    • You’re right that it is a long shot. I suspect a rep like Gohmert, who has been brave enough to directly stand up to leadership in past months, has very little political capital behind the scenes to help secure the Speakership. He would have to be wildly popular and admired among the other Republicans to get this vote. While I think he is both of those things, it is almost certainly not enough, especially the way Congress works. But as you say, it’s worth the effort on principle if nothing else.


      • Ting

        It is my understanding that he does not expect to get the Speakership, but is giving people another option for voting, in order to force a second ballot. At that time, it is expected that more would jump in, and cause a lot more votes to leave Boehner.


        • I think it’s very brave of him to do so. If Boehner wins anyway, which is likely, Gohmert will be even more screwed than he is now. And if Boehner loses to someone else, then Gohmert stands to gain very little personally.

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          • Ting

            I know the “insurgents” have been asking for prayers for the past 5 or 6 days. I’ve been on my knees for them a lot – and for Tyler, as well.


  2. Nan

    Thanks for the note. I just sent my email out this morning.


  3. Our congressman was the first out of the gate saying he wouldn’t vote for Boehner. (Yay, Jim!) Elect the right guy in the first place, and you don’t have to tell him how to vote, just send him a note of thanks.

    This formula — elect the right guy in the first place — sounds like something Neil dG Tyson would say. (Reminds me of Will Rogers’s advice: buy stock in a company where the stock price will go up; if it don’t go up, don’t buy it.) Our guy Jim sounded like the Real Deal when he was running, but I had my… cynicism in general, more than doubts about him in particular, I guess. He’s turning out to be the most solid congressman in our state, if not one of the best in the House.

    “When our Constitution is under assault and House Republicans give away our Constitutional power of the purse, they share the guilt of abandoning our founding principles,” he said.

    He concluded by pointing to the cromnibus as the primary reason he will vote against Boehner as speaker.

    “The CR/Omnibus legislation sufficiently undermines the checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution that it warrants my pending vote against the Speaker,” Bridenstine said. “Speaker Boehner went too far when he teamed with Obama to advance this legislation. He relinquished the power of the purse, and with it he lost my vote.”