House Conservatives Sending Boehner A ‘Lifeline’

by Roll Call
March 11, 2015

“To be honest with you,” Rep. Paul Gosar told CQ Roll Call, “not all of it is his fault.”

The conservative Arizona Republican, who didn’t back Boehner for speaker in January’s election, said much of the frustration in GOP circles outside of Washington came because Republicans promised a fight on the Department of Homeland Security once the GOP controlled the Senate.

“Well where’s [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell? Where are our senator friends?” Gosar asked. “I mean, they took a bail on this one as well.”

Asked about Boehner’s overall performance, Gosar paused, then admitted he has questions. But he noted his staff is scheduled to meet with Boehner’s team to discuss a statutory tactic for blocking the executive action on immigration. “I want to send him a lifeline,” Gosar said. “If it works, who knows? We’ll see what happens.”

Conservatives aren’t exactly pleased with how leadership has handled the first two months of the 114th Congress.

The sudden capitulation on the DHS fight — after months of tough talk — angered many on the right. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., said he was “horribly disappointed, almost heartbroken” that Republicans gave in. Still, even the most conservative elements of the Republican Conference are surprisingly understanding of Boehner’s difficult job.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • James in Texas says:

    To the good Congressman I would offer an old adage of Country truth. “Sir, do you know what to do to take a horse to water?……………”It is very simple, you get the H*ll out of his way, Period!” The problem with our Congress is a lack of courage and doing the Right Things the People’s have told you “WE” want done. This is not “your business” you were sent to DC to undertake, even the Founders understood……….”It is the business of the people we are here to do!” What part of your Oath did you not understand? As for Mr. O’Boehner, if you can’t stand the heat, run and hide or resign!

    1. 2004done says:

      Perhaps the 93% re-election rate would be a better starting place for voters to control Congress. If possible our own “term limits” should be enforced at the ballot box, but sadly, we know ‘training to appear constituent-aware’ is first order of business for established politicians. [question: are you referring to Barry SoetorOboehner?]

    2. Stephanie Cripe says:

      Boehner is a will-o-the-wisp. He bends with the people that he thinks can do the most for him regardless of the citizens who elected him. He just cries when people speak badly of him while he threatens them in the background. His tears tend to sway some of the conservatives into feeling sorry for him and giving him another chance. HE DOES NOT DESERVE ANY CHANCES. HE HAS BECOME AN ARDENT FOLLOWER OF MCCONNELL, MCCAIN, AND GRAHAM AND HEEDS THEIR EVERY COMMAND. TOGETHER THEY THINK THEY ARE SO KNOWLEDGEABLE AND ELITE THAT THEY KNOW WHAT WE REALLY WANT AND NEED AND DON’T CARE WHAT WE THINK.

    3. Bob2002 says:

      Wow. You said a mouthful there and I agree with it all. Lets hope the voters in 2016 remember the betrayal of these RINOs and vote them out of their jobs in 2016. I know McConnell is not up for re-election, but it would almost be worth it for him to be the Minority Leader again. He and Boehner are poison for the country; as is all Democrats.

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