On Sunday afternoon, there was yet another email that urged everyone to contact our congressman, Bob Goodlatte, to instruct him to not vote for Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday. I totally support Speaker Boehner and have relayed that to Congressman Goodlatte. Did the anti-Boehner forces not read the post by Brian Schoeneman at Bearing Drift that they are being duped (see No, there’s no race for Speaker of the House)?
Here’s the email that came from Roanoke City Republican Committee chairman John Brill:
Contact Rep. Bob Goodlatte!
I have heard many of you complain about Speaker Boehner’s performance time and again. On Tuesday, January 6th, The House of Representatives will vote for a Speaker of the House. This time Rep. John Boehner is opposed by Rep. Louis Gohmert and Rep. Ted Yoho. Other candidates may still get in as well.
I urge you to contact Rep. Bob Goodlatte and urge him to vote for either Rep. Louis Gohmert or Rep. Ted Yoho. Also, I encourage you to follow-up your call(s) with an email(s) for emphasis. Blog about it. Share it on Facebook.
Two years ago the 6th District Committee unanimously advised Rep. Bob Goodlatte to vote against Boehner. At that same meeting he informed many of us that there were no candidates running against Speaker Boehner and that we just needed to “tell him who” he should support for speaker. Today is very different from 2012. There are other candidates in the race.
Call Rep. Bob Goodlatte and tell him who you want him to vote for speaker. It is up to you now to demonstrate your numbers by letting your opinion be known! The vote occurs on Tuesday, January 6th, so time is very short and of the essence!!!!
John Brill – Chairman
Roanoke City Republican Committee
As I wrote earlier today, blogger Brian Schoeneman showed how all the anti-Boehner folks are being duped by men like Gohmert and Yoho who know full well they already voted for Boehner because he wasn’t opposed (see Faux posturing by anti-Boehner forces dupes their supporters). This is just a show. Under Mr. Boehner’s leadership, we have more GOP members in the House than anytime since the 1920s. He has been very successful in stopping the Democratic agenda the past four years.
Two parts of Brill’s email that are interesting.
First, he said, “I am not familiar with Rep. Louis Gohmert and Rep. Ted Yoho, but these men have Cumulative Freedom Index Scores of 75% and 73% respectfully. Not perfect, but certainly far better then Boehner’s 53%.”
What is the “Freedom Index Score”? It is from something called “The New American” and bills itself as “a Congressional scorecard based on the U.S. Constitution.” According to their score, Goodlatte only has 60 percent.
Let’s use an index more of us are familiar with, the American Conservative Union (ACU). Their scorecard rates John Boeher at 94%, higher than either Gohmert or Yoho’s “Freedom Index Score,” men that Brill admits he doesn’t even know anything about but urges those on his email list to support. Boehner has even in the recent past had 100% rating from ACU and 100% rating from the conservative Club for Growth. Now that’s what I call a conservative.
Second, Brill says in his email, “Two years ago the 6th District Committee unanimously advised Rep. Bob Goodlatte to vote against Boehner.”
I emailed Mr. Brill asking for a list of the unanimous names who voted for that letter, and asked for a clarification of whether “unanimous” meant everyone on the 6th Congressional District Committee, or if it was those who were present when the vote was taken. He sent the membership roll and responded:
Attached is a membership list for the 6th District Republican Committee from November of 2012. There were two Election of State Central Positions up for election at that meeting and those are always hotly contested. So every member was either present or represented by a proxy. If anyone missed the meeting it would have been no more then one member.
I suppose I’m just tired of the knee-jerk negative reaction all the time against those in leadership. A friend noted on his Facebook page, “I would not want to be in a foxhole with many of these people. They get angry and they want to shoot anyone with a leadership position.” The 114th Congress has not even convened but the calls for removal are a strategy by anti-Boehner leaders to keep their base in turmoil. To them, the sky must always be falling to keep the outrage going and money rolling in.
Keep Boehner and give him (and everyone else) a chance now that the GOP has a majority in the Senate. Hopefully, in 2016, the GOP will also have the White House. It will take longer than five minutes so hunker down and be patient.
Update: Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-9th) offers more about the November 13th Speaker vote (see Morgan Griffith offers background on Nov. 13th Speaker vote).