Obey the Status Quo, Warns Speaker Boehner

The Hill
December 5, 2012


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“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 a closed-door meeting.

Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of four lawmakers from plum committee assignments at the weekly GOP conference meeting.

Threatening members with panel assignments is a clear sign that Boehner is getting tougher with his conference and reminding many in Washington of the tactics used by former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas).

In many ways, the easygoing Boehner is the polar opposite of DeLay, who was known as “The Hammer.” Boehner has tried cajoling his members over the last couple of years to be team players. But by and large, it hasn’t worked, and Boehner is now shifting course.”


“…Boehner warned GOP lawmakers that “there may be more folks that will be targeted … we’re watching all your votes.””

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TOR note: There are now calls for action to have Speaker of the House Boehner removed from his position from grassroots conservatives.  Evidently, politically-active Americans are watching Boehner’s actions as well. -DB