In a statement made by distinguished Republican Steve King of Iowa, the gauntlet was laid down.
“On January 6, 2015, I will take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;… I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me, God.”
Then, I will be asked to put up a vote for John Boehner for Speaker. I know the pattern of his strategy and acti…ons for the past 12 years to the point where I can predict the results. I am convinced Congress will not be allowed to restore its Constitutional authority under his Speakership and by refusing to do so, cannot call upon the courts to do so. How then, can I take an oath to the Constitution and put up a vote for John Boehner, almost in the same breath?
We need a Speaker who will help us all keep our oath, including his own, to the Constitution, not one who has consistently blocked our efforts to keep ours. I will vote for an alternative candidate for Speaker. I can’t vote for John Boehner again.”
We need Leadership, not someone who says one thing and does another. Today the Republicans will meet and discuss who they will put forward for the Speakership. Polls show 60% of Republicans are not happy with John Boehner’s leadership and want him replaced. If Republican leadership appreciate their constituents and the overwhelming victory they were given, they will listen.
Boehner’s leadership has been timid at best, and a sellout when it comes to facing down Obama’s agenda. At least ten representatives have said they will not vote for Boehner stating that Republicans have said for years that Congress needs to change the way it operates, and believe that passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill last month was just the latest example of how Congress has failed to tackle the big issues. In addition to giving members just a few days to read the giant bill, many GOP members blasted the bill for continuing to fund Obamacare, and doing nothing to stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
We cannot expect change under the leadership of John Boehner. Now is the time.
One of the most prominent challengers, Louie Gohmert of Texas referenced the recent negotiations over the CRomnibus bill, calling it a “terrible strategy” and voicing frustrations that Boehner had promised to “fight amnesty tooth and nail” but instead funded it, and that he had “deceived” Republicans by working with Obama and Pelosi to get enough votes to pass the bill.
“It’s time for a change,” said Gohmert, citing the poll that showed that most Republican voters did not support Boehner’s reelection. He also criticized Boehner for breaking a previous promise not to run again. Boehner won speakership in 2012 by a razor thin 3 votes.
When asked what he would do differently as speaker, Gohmert said: “We will fight amnesty tooth and nail, we will use the powers of the purse, we will have better oversight, we will fight to defund Obamacare, and we have positive solutions…solutions that will return power to the people.”
There is a concerted effort by social media to promote a change in speakership asking people to call their Republican Representatives and ask them not to vote for Boehner. A facebook page has set up an ‘event’ giving citizens the information they need to become involved in the process. https://www.facebook.com/events/842788625779591/