Our friend Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation said what most conservatives we know were thinking in a tweet the day before Republicans voted to re-elect John Boehner Speaker of the House: Primary Every Republican Who Votes For Boehner.
But if conservatives did recruit primary candidates to oppose those who voted for Boehner, where would we start?
From our perspective our top targets ought to be those who lied and said during their campaigns they would oppose John Boehner’s re-election, and then went ahead and voted for him.
From our quick research (and there are probably more) here are five freshmen who clearly said they would oppose Boehner during their campaigns, but voted for him when the choice was before them:
Rick Allen (GA-12)
DC office: (202) 225-2823 https://allen.house.gov/
Jody Hice (GA-10)
DC office: (202) 225-4101 https://hice.house.gov/
Barry Loudermilk (GA-11)
DC office: (202) 225-2931 https://loudermilk.house.gov/
John Ratcliffe (TX-4)
DC office: 202-225-6673 https://ratcliffe.house.gov/ Twitter - @RepRatcliffe
Mark Walker (NC-6)
DC office: 202-225-3065 https://walker.house.gov/
Of course there were some Republicans, such as Rep. Paul Ryan, who said up front he was backing Boehner; although you can accuse them of bad judgment or betraying conservative principles, you can’t accuse them of lying.
But Allen, Hice, Loudermilk, Ratcliffe and Walker clearly lied to get elected – and that is not just bad judgment – that is a betrayal of their commitment to We the People who elected them to force change in Washington's business-as-usual culture.
The Tea Party rebellion came into being in large measure due to the perception among middle class taxpayers that America’s major establishment institutions were corrupt – and there is no more compelling evidence of just how far the American political system has been corrupted by Washington’s insider culture, than how common and accepted lying has become among the political elite of Capitol Hill.
The Tea Party rebellion is many things – a fight for a return to a limited constitutional government, a middle class outcry against the crony capitalism of the Washington - Wall Street Axis, but as much as anything it is a demand for a government, and leaders, who tell the truth.*
Finding and electing truth-telling leaders to Congress in 2016 is perhaps the most important step we can take toward ending Washington’s culture of lies and saving this great country. The first step on that road should be to identify and recruit primary opponents for Rick Allen (GA-12), Jody Hice (GA-10), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), John Ratcliffe (TX-4) and Mark Walker (NC-6).
If you have additions to our list please leave them along with a quote or video link of their commitment to oppose Boehner’s re-election in the comment section below.
*For a more detailed analysis of how lying has corrupted government see "A Congress of Lies" by CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie, November 11, 2011