Boehner Purges Committees of Conservatives Voting on Principles

Guest Post by Mara Zebest

This isn’t the first time Boehner has demonstrated a trend to squash the conservative voice. RightScoop has the audio of Mark Levin reporting on the problem. John Fund reports at National Review that conservatives have warned the GOP that they will lose their base if they move away from conservative principles.

Breitbart reports the following:

UPDATE: Boehner Spokesman Kevin Smith responds- “The Steering Committee makes decisions based on a range of factors.”

House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leadership have removed several conservative House members from their respective powerful committee positions, Breitbart News has learned.

Effective next Congress, leadership pulled Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash and Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert off committees from which they could exert conservative pressure on fiscal matters. Amash and Huelskamp were pulled from the Budget Committee and Schweikert from the Financial Services Committee.

Huelskamp, a freshman elected during the 2010 tea party wave, thinks the leadership move to pull him from the powerful committee is revenge for him standing up for conservatism. “It is little wonder why Congress has a 16 percent approval rating: Americans send principled representatives to change Washington and get punished in return,” Huelskamp said in a Monday night statement. “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.”

Earlier on Monday in an interview with Breitbart News, Huelskamp again reaffirmed his support for the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) anti-tax pledge. He’s encouraging his colleagues in the House to come out publicly against potential tax increases and asking citizens across the country to help.

Huelskamp thinks his most recent challenge to his GOP colleagues – asking them to reaffirm their pledges – is hardly the only conservative thing he’s done to spark leadership retaliation. In his Monday night statement, he listed out a number of other conservative things he’s done that he thinks caused leadership to turn their fire on him.

“This morning Congressman Schweikert learned there was a price to be paid for voting based on principle, said Schweikert spokeswoman Rachel Semmel. “That price was the removal from the House Financial Services Committee. We are obviously disappointed that Leadership chose to take this course, but Rep. Schweikert remains committed to fighting for the conservative principles that brought him here.”

FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe bashed the move, too, saying in a statement that “[t]his is a clear attempt on the part of Republican leadership to punish those in Washington who vote the way they promised their constituents they would – on principle – instead of mindlessly rubber-stamping trillion dollar deficits and the bankrupting of America. This is establishment thinking, circling the wagons around yes-men and punishing anyone that dares to take a stand for good public policy.”

Spokespersons for Amash and Schweikert didn’t immediately respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment. A spokesperson for Boehner didn’t either.

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  • myohmy

    The difference with democrats and republicans is that republicans bulldozer their own allies while democrats rally behind the most incompetent and corrupt leaderships.

    Arrogance will be the failing of republican leadership.

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  • The real Wow

    He’s jockeying to cave again to The Won and we will pay the price.

  • bigkahuna

    Email the pricks office and give him a piece of your mind. Its all we can do for the most part. I did.

  • asdf

    The GOP is dead. All that’s left is to see what takes its place.

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  • donh

    Boehner belongs to the Kennedy Cult of fascist Catholics who hold Mussolini up as their idol . He has a stealth agreement with Nancy Pelosi and joins her after hours with John Roberts, Kathlen Sebillius , Paul Ryan, Leon Panetta et al to chant allegiance to Satan and make sacrificial offerings to Baal. This is part of the larger global rebellion taking place AGAINST Christ and his Church.

  • theblackdude

    The only difference between a republican and a democrat is how they want to control your life. The end goal is the same for both groups. Id rather go off the cliff. its gonna take some suffering and real hardships to make the stupid understand.

    Freedom aint free and the government is evil

  • xkaydet65

    While this is upsetting, conservatives have to remember that we got our a$$es handed to us in Nov. Were it not for redistricting in 2010 we’d have lost the House and in a year when Dems had to defend 23 Senate seats they still gained 2. Conservatives also must understand that the term conservative does not mean the same thing in all places. A New Yorker may call himself conservative and be villified as a socialist RINO by a Freeper from Texas. Boehner in his mind is trying to forestall a plan to destroy the GOP in ’14 by painting them as the party that helps only the little guy in the top hat on the monopoly board. He knows that’s how the GOP will be protrayed and he’s trying to give the media as little ammunition to do that as is humanly possible. He’s not the best strategist or tactician so he may well fail anyway, but the leadership in the Congressat this time does not provide any reasonable alternatives.

  • Inquisition

    Boehner knows that unless he and other one percenters on the right ally with Obama, things might get ugly for the country club elite when the Great Collapse occurs shortly and the middle class, unemployed, pensions stolen and taxed off their property, discovers it was the grand looting of the elites that caused it all. European nobles have lost their heads for much less.

    Its about stability and control of the masses now. Obama did his part with ObamaPhones and free condoms. Since ObamaCare hasnt tricked the middle class into embracing biolower, Boehner may have to use intimidation and fear to hold up his end of the bargain with the bipartisan elites that expect protection from the pitchforks.

  • Paul in N. AL

    These people in charge of the party are completely incompetent. Can we leave the union yet?

  • Jimmy

    Perhaps, we should just privatize money and factor those jerks out of our lives.

  • All_IS_LOST

    If you are conservative and vote for any GOP candidate I simply ask why? What has it gotten you?

    I voted for the lesser of two evils multiple times and what I got was a supreme court that found that the government can make me buy a private service because I live. A court that says the government can take my private property to give to someone else at their whim. We got a 4 trillion dollar deficit over 8 years.

    The GOP is dead to me. I will never vote for a GOP candidate again. It is better to race into hell than go there slowly.

  • stage9

    It’s too late….many of us are ALREADY GONE! RIP GOP!

  • Opaobie

    #9, no, it was the RINO’s who lost big this time, and they pulled down some Conservatives with them. Conservatives who weren’t undercut and backstabbed and abandoned by the RINOs won when they articulated the Conservative message in a believable manner. Lip-service “moderates” got thumped, and a couple of true Conservatives like Allen West were betrayed, just like these Conservatives on committees are being betrayed.

    The problem is NOT that the Conservatives are losing, it is that very few are not being offered as candidates even in primaries, and those who survive the primaries are not being supported when they run for office or for committee positions.

  • Sam Stone

    Boehner must go as leader. He is Democrat light and has little backbone.

    The GOP establishment must pay the price for being Democrats.

  • RCL


    How many times do you have to be slapped and spit on to realize you’re not wanted!

    This isn’t about “taking back the Republican Party”. It may not even be about “taking back our Country”. It’s about fighting back aggressively to preserve what’s left of our liberty.

    The longer we put off cutting the cord to the liars who’ve played us for chumps only delays making some real progress to our goal.

  • shadow

    These people in charge of the party are completely incompetent. Can we leave the union yet?

    Sure! There are flights leaving all the time.

  • Sam Stone

    RCL, #17, what is the alternative? Not a 3rd party. Bringing back the establishment GOP into the constitutional conservative fold is the only way to go.

  • SeniorD

    Can’t have those unwashed commoners affect the Aristocracy now can they?