Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel is calling on Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill to oust Speaker John Boehner.
“It is clear Republicans across America want someone other than John Boehner as speaker, and nowhere is that truer than here in Mississippi,” McDaniel said in a statement provided to Breitbart News. The conservative favorite earned more Republican votes than Sen. Thad Cochran in last year’s Republican primary and the subsequent runoff, but Cochran retained his seat by convincing Democrats to back him in the GOP runoff.
“With the new year and a new Congress, our elected officials have been given the opportunity to choose new leadership. Our Mississippi Representatives should do the right thing and vote for someone other than John Boehner for Speaker of the U.S. House,” McDaniel said. “Republicans may be in control of the legislative branch, but they lack principled leadership. Consequently, true conservatives have faced an increasingly hostile environment from the DC establishment. It takes more than empty rhetoric to lead. The GOP must become a party of principle again. And in so doing, we have to learn to fight for conservatism and our Constitution again.”
McDaniel’s conservative ally in the state senate, Sen. Michael Watson, already called on Rep. Steven Palazzo to vote for a Republican alternative to Boehner. Palazzo’s spokeswoman Jill Duckworth has not provided a comment yet to Breitbart News is response to either state senator’s calls, but has received the requests and is checking with her boss as to which Republican—Boehner or one of the alternatives—he plans to vote for.