As lawmakers prepare to select new leadership on Tuesday, conservative movement powerhouse Citizens United is urging Republicans to replace Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House.
“It’s clear to Citizens United and millions of grassroots conservative activists nationwide that the time has come for new conservative leadership in the People’s House,” Citizens United president David Bossie, a former top aide to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, said in a statement provided to Breitbart News. “We need a Speaker who will stand up to President Obama’s dangerous policies and drive an optimistic conservative agenda. The failed status quo should not stand.”
There are currently two Republican candidates for Speaker other than Boehner, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Ted Yoho (R-FL). For Citizens United — along with scores of grassroots groups both national and local across America — to throw its support into the movement to replace Boehner is a sign that opposition to his leadership is growing. And Boehner is feeling it.
Politico’s Jake Sherman writes on Twitter that “Boehner allies say if someone wanted to challenge him, they should’ve run in party election. Instead, they are running against GOP nominee.” Also, Boehner ally Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said on Monday morning that the effort by members to oppose Boehner for Speaker is “unprofessional.”
There are currently at least nine members who have publicly said they will not vote for Boehner, and more have reportedly pledged behind the scenes to do so. More statements from more members, sources close to the effort tell Breitbart News, are expected shortly.