Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert announced on Fox and Friends this morning that he will challenge John Boehner as Speaker of the House in the new Congress. I hope Gohmert wins, and urge conservatives in the House delegation to vote for him.
I have generally defended Boehner in the past, but in my view his conduct with regard to the continuing resolution/omnibus spending bill that was passed during the lame duck sessions was the last straw. Boehner has gotten too comfortable with cronyism, power brokering multi-trillion-dollar legislation negotiated in secret, always with the help of lobbyists. Gohmert hit the nail on the head:
You deceived us when you went to Obama and Pelosi to get your votes for the cromnibus. You said you’d fight amnesty tooth and nail. You didn’t, you funded it.
In 2010, Boehner and other leaders said if you put us in the majority, we will have time to read the bills. That hasn’t happened. We saw that with the cromnibus, again.
We’ll get back to appropriating and we will go through regular committee process, so every representative from both parties will have a chance to participate in the process and not have a dictator running things.
The time has come for new leadership in the House: Gohmert, or someone like him, for Speaker.
UPDATE: Here is Gohmert making his announcement this morning: