A lot of people talk, but when it’s time to show up, their tune changes’
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, will be speaker of the House for the next two years, but one of the Republicans who challenged him for the post says it’s only because a number of GOP members failed to come through in their promised opposition to Boehner.
While being quick to admit the fight for the direction of the party is over for the moment in the House, he’s disappointed in how the GOP got to the results in Tuesday’s House vote.
“A lot of people talk, but when it’s time to show up, their tune changes and I think that was evident today, but I am very proud of the people that did stand up, the 24 that went in public and stated where they stood on the leadership,” said Yoho, who added that an unidentified number of Republicans failed to follow through on their word during the vote.
“I don’t want to talk about any specific members, but there are members that said, ‘Well, if you hit 20 votes, we’ll jump on and vote with you, but if you don’t have that many we’re not going to,’” he said. “When we hit [20 votes], you can’t find them.”
Yoho said Republicans who are frustrated with the present leadership but unwilling to oppose it have little grounds to complain over the next two years.
Ted Yoho says kicking members off committees for their speaker votes is “something I would assume Vladimir Putin would do.”
“A lot of people like to complain, gripe and moan about how bad things are,” Yoho said. “If you’re going to complain about it, do something about it. So the people that have been complaining and griping about Mr. Boehner and the lack of leadership and all that, they had a chance today to change that. They didn’t. So from this point forward for the next two years, this should be a moot point. Nobody should complain. We just need to get down to pass the best legislation we can.”
~ NOTE: Boehner’s wife ordered him to make those who didn’t vote for him pay, and it almost began immediately!
– Huelskamp was reportedly set to chair one of the House subcommittees in the new Congress , Dumped
– Congr Randy Weber (who backed Gohmert‘s) has been told after the vote that his name has been removed as lead sponsor nuclear energy bill
– Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent are both losing their seats on the House Rules Committee
Randy Weber on whether he’s scared considering news that Boehner dissenters were kicked off a committee: “I’m a big boy.”
Webster on being booted from Rules: “My philosophy is don’t burn any bridges, don’t make it personal, but that’s not everybody’s philosophy”
– Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who voted for himself for speaker on Tuesday, called Boehner a “sore winner,” citing the reported punishment.
Politico reported that “more punishment is likely to come for others that crossed Boehner.”
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