The purpose of this post is simple: to document the cases in which incoming freshmen House members promised to vote for someone other than Boehner as Speaker of the House. If they violate their word tomorrow, it will be updated accordingly, and they will face serious consequences from their constituents. If they remain truthful, they are to be commended.
Below are the newly-elected Representatives who led voters to believe they would oppose Boehner. We’ll see if they were truthful.
Gary Palmer of Alabama: KEPT WORD
Jody Hice of Georgia: BROKE WORD
Barry Loudermilk of Georgia: BROKE WORD
Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin: BROKE WORD
John Ratcliffe of Texas: BROKE WORD
“The challenger said that if elected, he’d vote for someone other than [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] as Speaker. ‘I would like to see better leadership at the top, so I would like to have some better choices,’ said Ratcliffe. ‘There are other people I would support and think would be a better choice than [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ]. A lot of our leadership, frankly, hasn’t served us well.’”
Mark Walker of North Carolina: BROKE WORD
Rep.-elect Mark Walker of North Carolina said during a debate that Boehner had taken a “weak” approach in going after President Barack Obama, and said he hoped the conference would instead back [mc_name name=’Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000566′ ] for speaker.
Alex Mooney of West Virginia: BROKE WORD
According to documentation that Madison Project provided to Slate, the newly elected Republican congressmen in question—Reps. Alex Mooney of West Virginia, Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, and John Ratcliffe of Texas—all signed the group’s pledge promising “to vote against the current leadership when the first reasonable opportunity presents itself.”
NOTE: Incoming Freshman Rod Blum did not apparently campaign on voting against Boehner, but did it anyway. Good for him!
1 out of 6 kept their campaign promises. This is a sad day for conservatives.