Sean Hannity is calling for Trey Gowdy to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Hannity said in a recent interview with Breitbart News, “[It’s] time for new leadership. Trey Gowdy is my choice for speaker. He has the ability to articulate and implement the changes needed to get the country on the right path.”
Trey Gowdy has officially said “no” to the speakership. According to the Hill:
But the conservative South Carolina Republican says he has no interest in becoming Speaker when lawmakers cast their vote on the House floor next month.
“Rep. Gowdy has said his time and attention will continue to be devoted to the work assigned to him,” said Gowdy’s spokeswoman, Amanda Duvall. “He is not interested in any leadership positions and believes one can have influence without the title.”
This past spring, Boehner (R-Ohio) appointed Gowdy as chairman of the special House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. And Boehner recently said Gowdy would remain in that high-profile post in the 114th Congress as well.
However, this has not stopped a growing movement to replace Boehner with Gowdy. The Tea Party Leadership Fund has launched an online campaign to draft Gowdy for speaker. The “Elect Trey Gowdy Speaker of the House” Facebook page has accumulated 21,000 likes, and the #SpeakerGowdy hashtag has seen widespread use.
A new poll by Pat Caddell and EMC Research revealed exactly how unpopular Boehner is with Republicans.
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Among other questions about the speaker, Republicans were asked whether “Speaker Boehner has been ineffective in opposing President Obama’s agenda.” 64 percent agreed, and 24 percent disagreed. 29 percent strongly agreed that Boehner has been ineffective against Obama.
What do you think? Is it time to dump Boehner? Who should replace him — Gowdy or some other prominent House Republican?
h/t: National Review
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