Monday, January 5, 2015
Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives swears in its new members, and votes on Speaker for the upcoming congress. Some House conservatives are mounting an effort to keep John Boehner from returning as Speaker. Helping lead that charge is Oklahoma's own Jim Bridenstine.
Here's how it works. When the House votes tomorrow, they vote by alphabetical roll call. To win, the Speaker candidate has to receive an absolute majority of voters cast (votes cast as "present" don't count). Republicans outnumber Democrats 246-188, so the Democrats have no chance of getting to 218 votes. A member can vote for any living adult American, even for individuals who are not members of Congress. If 29 Republicans vote for someone other than John Boehner, that forces a second round of voting.
Conservative congressmen Louie Gohmert (TX) and Ted Yoho (FL) have offered themselves as candidates for Speaker. Either of these men would be a huge improvement over Boehner.
John Boehner has been an ineffectual, disappointing Speaker. Too many times has he caved to Obama's pressure, or sought out Democrat support to pass legislation that Republicans opposed. Enough is enough.
I fully expect Congressmen Cole and Lucas to enthusiastically support Boehner (Cole in particular is an establishment pal, and has already called the opposition to Boehner "unprofessional" and "very disappointing". I call Cole an embarrassment to conservatism.). Congressman Mullin likes to tout himself as a conservative, but I fully expect him to repeat his previous vote for Boehner (prove me wrong, Congressman).
Two years ago, freshman Jim Bridenstine stood on conservative principle and did not vote for Boehner. Tomorrow, another Oklahoma freshman has the same opportunity. Steve Russell campaigned as a staunch conservative, wanting to go to Washington to change the status quo. Congressman Russell, this is your chance.
It's time for a new, conservative Speaker. Fire Boehner.
What You Can Do
Call Congressman Russell's DC office at 202-225-2132.
Call Congressman Mullin's DC office at 202-225-2701 -- other numbers here.
Call Congressman Lucas' DC office at 202-225-5565 -- other numbers here.
Call Congressman Cole's DC office at 202-225-6165 -- other numbers here.