Despite the fact that over two dozen House Republicans voted present or for someone else, John Boehner retained his Speakership today.
The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that underscored party divisions.
The Ohio Republican garnered the votes of 216 GOP lawmakers as Congress convened Tuesday. That was enough for him to win a third two-year term leading the House.
But in an embarrassing slap, 25 Republicans voted for other candidates or voted present. They consider Boehner to be too accommodating and not conservative enough.
Their repudiation of Boehner was an awkward display of GOP schisms at a time when party leaders want to show voters that they can govern effectively. They want to show they won’t be forced by tea party legislators into unwinnable, unpopular showdowns with President Barack Obama.
As soon as the votes were cast, and he retained his Speakership, Boehner and his cronies set about seeking revenge.
…25 true Conservatives dared to stand up and encourage their colleagues to deny John Boehner a first round positive vote for Speaker of the House. Dozens of other conservatives didn’t have the guts to stand up. Boehner is now more angry at those who voted against him than angry at President Obama for his unconstitutional acts. Hours after Boehner was elected his allies were already out for revenge, ousting some from their committee posts.
After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relative-unknown members of the Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot two of the insurgents from the influential Rules Committee. That could be just the start of payback for the speaker’s betrayers, who might see subcommittee chairmanships and other perks fall away in the coming months.
So this is what has come to Ladies and Gentlemen. Back room deals, slaps on the back between cronies and using the political process to damage your enemies – both real and perceived.
This is why America is fed up with both parties and tired of the same old Washington bullshit.
Here is the list of House members who voted against Boehner or voted Present:
- Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
- Rep. Brian Babin (Tex.) — “present”
- Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa) — Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
- Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) — Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
- Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.) — Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.)
- Rep. Curt Clawson (Fla.) — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
- Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) — Jordan
- Duncan — Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
- Rep. Scott Garrett (N.J.) — Webster
- Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
- Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) — Webster
- Gohmert — Gohmert
- Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) — Webster
- Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) — Webster
- Rep. Steve King — Webster
- Rep. Tom Massie (Ky.) — Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)
- Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) — Webster
- Rep. Rich Nugent (Fla.) — Webster
- Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
- Rep. Bill Posey (Fla.) — Webster
- Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.) — Webster
- Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) — Webster
- Rep. Randy Weber (Tex.) — Gohmert
- Webster — Webster
- Yoho — Yoho
- Webster: 12
- Gohmert: 3
- Yoho: 2
- Jordan: 2
- Others/”present”: 6