So Which One is it, Mr. Boehner?
More than a week since several conservative House members were kicked off their committees, they have finally received a personal note from Boehner.
During last week’s conference meeting, Boehner explicitly told members that there was a purge based upon voting records, that he was a part of it, and that other members who deviate from the big government echo chamber would be next. Here is what The Hill reported last Thursday:
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned his conference on Wednesday that leaders are “watching” how the rank-and-file vote to determine committee assignments, according to sources in the closed-door meeting.
Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of four lawmakers from plum committee assignments at the weekly GOP conference meeting.
According to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), one of the lawmakers denied a spot on his current committee in the next Congress, Boehner did note “that we [leadership] have punished four members, he claimed that it had nothing to do with their conservative ideology, but had to do with their voting patterns.”
Also removed from committee spots were Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and David Schweikert (Ariz.).
Huelskamp added that Boehner warned GOP lawmakers that “there may be more folks that will be targeted … ‘we’re watching all your votes.”
Mr. Amash was told that he had scored a zero on the leadership scorecard that is being kept secret.
Yesterday, Boehner sent the following letter to the deposed members in response to their inquiry about the scorecard.
Anyone reading this letter would come away with the clear impression that Boehner had nothing to do with any purge and that there was no scorecard. However, that doesn’t square with what he told the conference last week.
Why is Boehner scared to own up to the purge in public? Why won’t he release the scorecard? Is it because his scorecard looks like a progressive one?