The Republican Party for the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia has formally requested its GOP congressman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, to oppose the re-election of House Speaker John Boehner, Breitbart News has learned.
On November 10, the local district committee--which officially represents Republicans, including Goodlatte, in his district--unanimously passed a resolution to ask Goodlatte to vote for someone other than Boehner. The party believes Boehner hasn’t used his full power to fight against Obamacare.
“The imposition of Obamacare against the wishes of the people is an unequivocal expression of the anticipated tyrannical powers,” the district committee wrote to Goodlatte. “Yet even though every member of the House of Representatives is aware of his ability to thwart this measure, no such effort of protection is forthcoming. Apparently few enough care more about the people they purport to represent than about their own political aspirations.”
“Speaker Boehner has called for ‘Repeal and Replace'; all the while he has been fully cognizant of the fact that the Senate and the President would not concur with him. Such disingenuous acts are intended to defraud the people while leading them to believe he is fighting for their cause,” the district committee added. “His unwillingness to lead the effort to de-fund Obama’s healthcare, a truly feasible mechanism for restraining this tyranny, is a conscious dereliction of duty. His recent commitment to active pursuit of its funding, coupled with his capitulation on the issue of amnesty and his agreement to raise taxes are acts that are nothing short of treasonous to our interests and our security.”
The district committee said it is notifying Goodlatte of its “unwillingness to accept such representation” and to demand that you oppose the selection of Mr. Boehner as speaker for the next session.”
The local GOP added that Goodlatte must “select a representative who is willing to engage fully in battle against Obamacare and the many other imprudent and unconstitutional efforts of the Obama administration, and that our future support for you is contingent upon your efforts to lead the fight to deny President Obama every unconstitutional measure, and that this must be done without excuse.”
The district committee also unanimously passed and sent a similar letter to Boehner himself on the same day.
It’s unclear whether Goodlatte will support Boehner during his January 3 bid for re-election as Speaker of the House, or if Goodlatte will follow the demand of the local GOP. A spokeswoman for the congressman didn’t respond to a request for comment from Breitbart News.
Boehner recently named Goodlatte the next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Goodlatte and Boehner had already received their Nov. 10 letters when Goodlatte received the chairman position, but the job doesn’t appear to have been a special treatment or buyoff from the Speaker. Goodlatte was next in line for the job.
When they were sent, the letters from the district committee to Boehner and Goodlatte were covered in the local Roanoke Times but largely ignored by the mainstream media.
Since the Roanoke Times published its story on Nov. 17, Boehner has purged conservatives from powerful committees and caved multiple times to the president on tax increases and the debt limit. Conservatives shot down his fiscal cliff “Plan B” vote last week and Breitbart News uncovered a memo detailing a plan conservatives, including some House members, are considering using to unseat Boehner as speaker.
Despite his claims that his job is safe, it remains unclear if Boehner will retain his speakership.