WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin believes it’s time for a new Speaker of the House.
Speaking to Fox News on Monday, Palin said Republicans need to say goodbye to John Boehner as House Speaker.
“I think that Speaker Boehner, unfortunately, didn’t listen to many of us who all along were saying, when you campaign one way and govern another way – man, that is a turn off,” Palin told Fox News. “And really, it’s unethical. And we don’t have to put up with that. So those that have gone along just to get along with President Obama, like Speaker Boehner, we need to thank them for their service and say … time for new energy and time for commitment to those campaign promises to be fulfilled.”
The former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee is backing Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, for Speaker.
“I love Louie Gohmert. I love those Texan politicians that call it like they see it and are true conservatives. So, I’d be rooting for Louie,” Palin told Fox News.
Gohmert announced Sunday that he was challenging Boehner for House Speaker.
“At this point, the Speaker’s election is not about a particular candidate. It is about whether we keep the status quo or make the change the country demands. I am putting forward my name for consideration as Speaker and hope that with a new Speaker, be that me or someone else, we can fight for the ideals and principles that the voters wanted when they elected us in November,” Gohmert said.
Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., also said he was mounting a challenge against Boehner.
“The American people have spoken loud and clear by their choice to elect conservative Representatives to serve them in Washington. It’s our turn now, as Members of the People’s House, to echo their demands by electing a new Speaker,” Yoho said. “The American people have allowed us to choose who is best suited to lead the House by electing a deep bench of diverse and qualified members. Our Republic is built on choice, and if needed, I would stand up to give our members that option.”
Two other Republicans, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, have said they will not vote for Boehner in the speaker’s race.
“Speaker Boehner went too far when he teamed with Obama to advance this legislation. He relinquished thepower of the purse, and with it he lost my vote,” Bridenstine said in a statement.
Despite some opposition, Boehner is still expected to easily win. John Feehery, a Republican strategist, told CBS News that the opposition “won’t amount to a hill of beans.”
“Boehner will be re-elected overwhelmingly. There is no precedent in the history of the House of a Speaker’s party exceeding expectations in the election and then dumping its Speaker,” Feehery said. “All of these guys who are complaining about Boehner have nothing to lose because the Speaker has made clear there will be no retribution. So, he is giving them a free shot.”
The vote for Speaker comes Tuesday.
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