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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:39 AM

The right turns on Boehner after committee “purge”

The House Speaker removed four conservatives from their committee seats for bucking party leadership


The right is outraged with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for “purging” four conservatives from their prime committee posts because they bucked party leadership in key votes.

Reps. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., and Justin Amash, R-Mich., lost their positions on the House Budget Committee for the next session. And Walter Jones, R-N.C., and David Schweikert, R-Ariz., were booted from the House Financial Services Committee.

From the AP:

All four lawmakers had voted against the summer 2011 deal negotiated between Republican leaders and President Barack Obama for extending the government’s ability to borrow money in exchange for $1 trillion in spending cuts and the promise of another $1 trillion in reduced deficits. Three of the four, the exception being Schweikert, voted against the Ryan-written GOP budget blueprint that the House passed last March.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said the move was “based on a range of factors,” but a Schweikert spokesman said that the Congressman had been told that he had voted “against the team” too often. In a statement, Huelskamp said that “The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions. This is clearly a vindictive move, and a sure sign that the GOP Establishment cannot handle disagreement.”


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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:50 AM

1. It's a good thing for all of us that the R's are beginning to chastize their crazies.

Maybe the John Bircher types will be put back in the basement again where they belong and maybe we will have two sane parties again instead of one sane one and one incredibly insane one. I didn't agree with many of the positions of the old R party, pre-1980, but at least they were sane.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:10 AM

2. Don't assume Boner will win this fight.

But yeah, it's a good thing when they fight among themselves instead of fleecing the rest of us.

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