Many were wondering how John Boehner (R-OH) was re-elected as Speaker of the House after his pathetic leadership over the past few years. While reports were that there was mutiny in the GOP to unseat Boehner and even conservative campaigns bent on removing him, it seems now that there are rumors abounding that Boehner may have been paying off some GOP congressmen to change their vote in his favor.
Representative Louis Gohmert (R-TX) told Breitbart News‘ Larry O’Connor what rumors he had heard. “By and large what happened, is people got concerned that it would hurt them, or hurt their states in some way,” he said. “And you know, they made the calculated risk, ‘I better vote with him and not against him because I don’t want to hurt the people that I represent.’ And that’s important, and every Representative needs to make that decision.”
O’Connor asked Gohmert to “flesh out” what he was saying, “You’re telling me that the Speaker would have ‘strong armed’ in such a way that appropriations, normal and legitimate appropriations to a congressman’s district would have been withheld?”
Congressman Gohmert said “No, no, no. We don’t do earmarks anymore. That use to be the way you would get people on board.”
He went on to say that Boehner could not do like most speakers have in the past. Instead, Gohmert said “You have to talk about committees or subcommittee chairmanships and things like that.”
“But, you know, the big thing, too,” Gohmert continued, “was there were lots of promises from people in leadership about, you know, ‘Hey, we’re going to do it right now. We’re gonna do regular order, and give the bills you want to help America and give them a chance to go through committee,’ that kind of thing.”
The Texas congressman said, “This is what should be done anyway, but as you know, this is a political town and political place and so it doesn’t always happen the way you want nor the way it was designed to work.”
I don’t really find it that hard to believe that some representatives were “bought off” with special favors. We’ve seen that in the past and it isn’t surprising. However, at least here’s one congressman willing to come out and say what actually does go on.
Gohmert’s response comes in the wake of twelve GOP representatives that did not support John Boehner for Speaker of the House, including three of the four that Boehner removed from committees. They are as follows:
Voted for others:
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)
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