As many of you probably already know, there was a bit of a conspiracy against House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that failed hilariously due mostly to ineptitude. One such conspirator that voted against Boehner was Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), who also happened to be the one caught with his pants down by Politico when a reporter snapped a photo of his iPad that happened to have a document open with the title “YOU WOULD BE FIRED IF THIS GOES OUT” that had a list of those who would be voting against Boehner (many of them didn’t, anyway). Now he’s claiming that he is in danger from reprisal from Republican congressional officials, as reported by Huffington Post:
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) blasted out a fundraising email to supporters on Monday, telling them that he was effectively a wanted man following his vote last week against Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) for speaker of the House.
“But voting against a sitting Speaker of the House was a great risk. They will punish me. They will attack my family. But America is too important to be lost to overspending, high taxes, and big government. I refuse to stand by and allow our country to be destroyed,” the email said, according to The Hill. “For my principled vote, Washington insiders are coming after me. I need your help and the help of 100 fellow conservatives immediately. If you are tired of Republicans who campaign as conservatives — but vote like Democrats — stand with me and make your contribution of $35 here.”
Huelskamp, an outspoken conservative known for bucking the establishment, has been a loud critic of Boehner, especially after being stripped of a key committee postin early December. He remains on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and wasrecently assigned to the Small Business Committee.
Boehner has assured House Republicans that he bears no ill will.
This sort of uproariously funny incident is hopefully a mark of the now and future Republican Party — petty infighting and disagreements over necessary things like bipartisanship. Although the Tea Party wishes that they had more control over Congress and how Republicans voted, the simple truth is that only 8% of the electorate sees things along Tea Party lines. That was reflected in the voting booths on Nov. 6, and hopefully it will be reflected in 2014 as well. For now, however, we have to deal with elected Tea Partiers and their nonsense, and despite his many faults and poor decisions, Boehner should be applauded for not listening to their nonsense during the fiscal cliff negotiations.
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