Boehner Begins to Move Against Re-election Opponents

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Hat/Tip to Elliot Jager at Newsmax.

Hell hath no fury like a Speaker scorned…

Newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner is taking off the gloves. Some of the 25 Republican insurgents who opposed his re-election on the grounds that he is insufficiently conservative will find themselves locked out of desirable committee appointments or face other retribution, Politico reported.

Now that he is back for a third terms in the speaker’s chair, Boehner and his team say they can count on a 220-member majority out of the 435-member House to follow the leadership’s cue.

The reckoning came straight away for Florida Reps. Daniel Webster, who ran against Boehner, and Rich Nugent, who backed him. Both lost their slots on the powerful Rules Committee.

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Webster was upbeat about the slap. “It’s not like it’s punishment being taken off the Rules Committee,” Roll Call quoted him as saying. “A lot of people would say it’s actually a relief.”

Boehner is steadily working to minimize the power that the Tea Party candidates wield.

The Boehner camp took the view that “these fringe guys” are no longer key to a Republican majority. A GOP source told Politico, “We can let them walk on certain bills, and it just won’t matter. That gives us breathing room.”

Boehner is expected to take a comparatively harder line against Republican rebels than he did in the 113th Congress. That could spell trouble for, among others, Marlin Stutzman of Indiana, Virginia’s Scott Rigell, and Mark Meadows of North Carolina. Payback against these and other lawmakers who tried to topple Boehner could yet come down the line, according to Politico.

Boehner supporters were taken aback by the number of votes against him, because they had initially expected only eight or nine no-votes, not 25. Opponents had sought to cobble together 28 votes for anybody-but-Boehner — a number they surmised would embarrass him into pulling out of the race.

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