**[UPDATE: Earlier this evening Rep Paul Gosar came out with the following statement declaring he will vote AGAINST Boehner on Tuesday:
“Trust is a series of promises kept; my vote for new leadership reflects a promise I made to voters when they elected me,” Gosar said. “I cannot stand beside the same leadership that has offered up bills too large to read, used parliamentary tricks to bring bills to the floor and has refused to take swift action against the president and his administration’s unconstitutional actions.”]
In an exclusive interview on Fox News this morning, Texas Republican Louis Gohmert announced that he is joining Florida Republican Ted Yoho in challenging John Boehner for the Speakership.
Both candidates echo the sentiment of the grassroots that Speaker Boehner has nothing but a track record of failed leadership and missed opportunities since taking the gavel in 2011. His unwillingness to use the power of the purse to reign in Obama in addition to his broken promises that he gave in 2012 to use of ‘Regular Order’ and the Hastert Rule are primary reasons that leave him vulnerable to a challenge.
It is being reported that GOP establishment staffers have been instructed to lie to their constituents telling them that a vote for someone other than Boehner means that Nancy Pelosi can be elected Speaker. This is simply untrue and shows the establishment’s contempt for the American voter. In order to win the gavel, a candidate must receive a majority of all the votes cast. If Boehner does not win on the 1st ballot, then there will be a second ballot, and a third ballot until one Republican gets to the 50%+1 mark.
Where do Arizona’s Republican Congressmen stand on Boehner? At the time of this post, not a single Arizona Republican congressman has publicly stated if they will support or oppose Boehner for his 3rd term.
Since the rise of the Tea Party in 2009, AZ Tea Partiers have heard Rep Schweikert, Rep Franks, Rep Gosar, and Rep Salmon tout their Conservative ‘street-cred’ in word and activists see this week is the time for action. Many view this vote on House leadership as the only way they will see real measurable change in DC over the next 2 years.
Will the Arizona Republican Delegation join Rep. Thomas Massie and Oklahoma Republican Jim Bridenstine and side with the Conservative base? Or will they side with the ineffective, inept, and complicit GOP leadership? Arizona voters will find out Tuesday when Congress votes — until then, give them a call or a tweet and make your voice heard.
- Rep. Gosar Contact info – (928) 445-1683/(202) 225-2315 | Gosar’s Twitter Account
- Rep. Franks Contact info – (623) 776-7911/(202) 225-4576 | Franks’ Twitter Account
- Rep. Schweikert Contact info – (480) 946-2411/(202) 225-2190 | Schweikert’s Twitter Account
- Rep. Salmon Contact info – (202) 225-2635/(480) 699-8239 |Salmon’s Twitter Account
Note: the primary Hashtag on Twitter is #FireBoehner
(We did not include Martha McSally in the contact list above. This is largely due to TeamBoehner and the Chamber of Crony-Capitalism placing a vast amount of financial resources behind her campaign. With that being the case, we believe she will side with the GOP establishment over the grassroots)
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