Conservatives anticipate stronger effort to oust Boehner

Thursday, September 17, 2015
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

A pro-family activist agrees with many House Republicans that Speaker John Boehner should step aside.

"John Boehner needs to step down rather than be forced out of office. He's done a terrible job as Speaker," says Phil Burress, chairman of Citizens for Community Values.

John Boehner pumping fist 620x300Burress lives in Boehner's congressional district, the 8th District, which Boehner has represented since 1991. He has served as Speaker since 2011. 

Burress shared his views with OneNewsNow as news came this week that some Republicans in the House are again opposing Boehner's re-election as Speaker.

If that sounds familiar, it's because conservatives in the House have opposed Boehner for some time. Repeated attempts to oust him have grown stronger each year but still failed. In January, a record 25 representatives voted present or voted for another candidate. 

The Washington Post reported this week that Boehner is "bracing for what could be the toughest weeks of his speakership," citing "several dozen" conservatives who want to oust him unless he fights Democrats. 

In a lengthy story on the latest coup rumors, Breitbart News reports that there are 29 GOP representative who are publicly opposed to Boehner's re-election as Speaker. 

The story, by Matthew Boyle, quotes several representatives who talked to Boyle about Boehner. Many of them voiced frustration with the Speaker but stopped short of endorsing Boehner's ouster. 

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) told Boyle that he's most concerned about Republicans fighting the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal and opposing public funding for Planned Parenthood. 

Burress

“We’re going to see how that plays out but Americans are wanting good leadership,” Loudermilk told Breitbart News.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), interviewed at the Stop Iran Rally, said the thousands in attendance at the event were angry at Republicans, not just Democrats. 

Burress says it would be an uphill battle if there is an effort to force Boehner out of the speakership. 

"It's really ugly," complains Burress. "Because what it boils down to is, If you don't support me, then I'm going to make you pay. If I get re-elected and you're in the opposition, then you're not going to get appointed to committees and I'm not going to fund you in your re-election campaign. It's all about blackmail and threats."

"Boehner takes revenge," was the headline of the January story in Politico describing how some Republicans lost committee seats after opposing the Speaker. 

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