Republican members of Congress received 400,000 letters this week in the first round of a movement to remove Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) from his post. The letters say to reject Boehner and elect a new leadership team.
“It’s a campaign that allows Americans to send a hard-copy letter to every Republican in the House of Representatives with a call to elect new leadership that will provide opposition to destructive policies that are destroying the foundations of this country.”
Though outlets including The Hill, Politico, and The Washington Post have all reported in the last month-and-a-half that Boehner will likely hold the Speaker’s gavel once again next month, one veteran GOP congressman is working to stop him.
BuzzFeed reported last week that Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) has met with some other GOP congressmen in an effort to challenge Boehner. Jones, who has called for the impeachment of President Obama in the past, said, “I’ve already said I cannot vote in good conscience for John Boehner.”
“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.”
Tea Party activist Judson Phillips suggested Marsha Blackburn as one of those names in an op-ed last week for The Washington Times. He wrote that Boehner “cannot lead” and “will not fight.”
“The Republicans will have 247 members in the next Congress. If 30 of these members vote against Mr. Boehner, he will not have the majority he needs to be elected speaker. At that point anything is possible, including Mr. Boehner stepping aside.
“Every conservative should spend the time between now and Jan. 3 calling their Republican representatives and telling them to vote for Marsha Blackburn instead of John Boehner.”
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