Tea Party Group Wants Secret Ballot For Speaker Vote

On Thursday afternoon members of the House will vote for the Speaker of the 113th Congress. Everyone’s vote for speaker is public like most House votes. Given the criticism of current House Speaker John Boehner (R – OH), some are calling for the vote to be a secret ballot, so members of his party will not face retribution, should they vote for someone other than Boehner. The Tea Party Patriots put out a press release Thursday morning calling for the vote for the Speaker to be a secret ballot.

"Through this 'fiscal cliff' crisis Congress has demonstrated once again its incapability of actually cutting government spending and preventing tax hikes. Republicans who stood on principle, and did not cave to political pressure instead should not be impeded from voting for a Speaker with whom they have confidence will help take the country in the right direction. The American people deserve nothing less than strong, conservative leadership,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.

“Members in the House must be able to vote for whom they think can stand firm for the principles they were elected to uphold, prevent the further erosion of the Constitution and slow the growth of government, without fear of retribution.”

Martin is not too sure what the chances are that the House will actually vote for Speaker by secret ballot, but stressed to Breitbart News that Boehner does use retribution against those who defy him.

“You can look at Huelskamp, Amash, and Schweikert as recent examples of how he holds a grudge. After this whole disaster fiscal cliff deal, the members see the opportunity to vote their conscience without fear of retribution, and that’s why we’re asking for this,” she said. According to reports, 25 to 30 Republicans have reservations about Speaker Boehner. 

The roll call vote for Speaker, like all roll calls, will be done in alphabetical order. This means some of the first Republicans voting would be Rep. Robert Aderholt (R – AL), Rep. Rodney Alexander (R – LA), Rep. Justin Amash (R – MI), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R – MN). Momentum in the very beginning is a key issue as to how GOP members who are further down the roll call list will vote. 


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