Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) vowed that there would be a “pretty nasty” “fight” against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) if he retaliates against members who did not support his Speakership on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
“If [Florida Republican Congressmen] Webster and Nugent are being punished, then we’re going to have another fight real quick and it’s going to be pretty nasty. We can’t let that stand if they’re going to be punished” he declared.
Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) added, “the American people sent us up here to do a job. They wanted new leadership. We stood up and we voted for that, we brought forth a movement, 25 members of Congress…voted the way their districts wanted to, and to be held in jeopardy for that or retribution is wrong because that would be something you would expect in China, Cuba, Russia or in a Communist country to, when you have a voice of dissension you’d be punished, but in America where we honor free speech and [have] a Constitution that protects that, we should not have to go through that.”
Earlier today, Roll Call reported that Webster and Nugent were removed from the Rules Committee for refusing to support Boehner, saying “After Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent bucked leadership and voted for a speaker whose last name was not ‘Boehner,’ House leaders stripped the two Florida congressmen of their positions on the Rules Committee.”
(h/t The Right Scoop)
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