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‘Freedom Caucus’ includes Virginians Brat and Morgan Griffith; here’s the list of 36

GOP elephants fightingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

With the turmoil on the Republican side of the aisle in the U.S. House of Representatives, questions have been asked about the 36 who are members of the “Freedom Caucus,” the tea party-inspired group that has stonewalled GOP leadership and demanded government shut-downs . Who are they?

Wikipedia has what is reported to be an accurate list of the 36 members that includes Dave Brat — no surprise there — but it also includes a name that I was not expecting to see: Morgan Griffith in the 9th Congressional District (see list here). I checked last week with his district representative for confirmation but did not receive a response.

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Morgan Griffith offers background on Nov. 13th Speaker vote

By Lynn R. Mitchell

On the eve of a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives for Speaker of the House, Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-9th CD) issued a press release related to the upcoming vote:

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Brat voted for Boehner before he voted against him

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Speaker John Boehner

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Virginia freshman Congressman Dave Brat (R-7th CD) authored a column in Monday’s Breitbart News that said he has no intentions of voting for John Boehner for Speaker of the House: “While I like Speaker Boehner personally, he will not have my support for Speaker.”

However, Mr. Brat already voted for John Boehner because the vote for Speaker took place in November and it was unanimous (see No, there’s no race for Speaker of the House by Brian Schoeneman at Bearing Drift):

The elections for the House Republican Leadership were held on November 13 in the Conference and there were no surprises. The Conference meeting included all of the new members, who were in town for orientation and these meetings.  The new members chose their Freshman Class representative, Congresswoman-elect Mimi Walters (R-CA), as well.

Here’s the press conference they held after the leadership elections.

Keep in mind what I already wrote: nobody ran against Boehner.

So Mr. Brat was for Mr. Boehner before he was against him.

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Congressman Goodlatte, please vote for Speaker John Boehner

John Boehner 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

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:
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Virginia delegation’s votes on $1.1 trillion bill

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Virginia Congressional delegation’s votes on the $1.1 trillion spending bill:

In Favor (Yes): U.S. Reps. Scott Rigell (R-2nd), Randy Forbes (R-4th), Bob Goodlatte (R-6th), Frank Wolf (R-10th), Jim Moran (D-8th), Gerry Connolly (D-11th) and U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D).

Opposed (No): U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-1st), Bobby Scott (D-3rd), Robert Hurt (R-5th), Dave Brat (R-7th), and Morgan Griffith (R-9th).

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RPV: Will Mullins, SCC spark more fireworks at today’s meeting in Richmond?

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Some big names came out Friday asking RPV Chairman Pat Mullins and state central committee to set aside the bitter appeals battles that have raged for most of 2014 and, instead, concentrate on electing Republican candidates for the November elections (see Schoeneman is right: ‘SCC shouldn’t let misguided priorities cost us much needed wins).

Among them were three congressmen who stepped forward in unity and a show of leadership: Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th), Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th), and Rep. Scott Rigell (R-2nd) (see Congressmen Rigell, Hurt, Griffith ask SCC to defer appeals until after November elections). Where are the other congressmen to call for an end to this eternal squabbling that has consumed our party for the past five to six years?

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Congressmen Rigell, Hurt, Griffith ask SCC to defer appeals actions until after November elections

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Congressman Scott Rigell (R-2nd CD), Robert Hurt (R-5th CD), and Morgan Griffith (R-9th CD) are the latest to join in the chorus of Republicans throughout the Commonwealth asking that RPV’s State Central Committee postpone the ongoing appeals scheduled to be heard at Saturday’s meeting in Richmond and, instead, move forward in the business of campaigning and electing our candidates in the November election.

Many are appreciative that these three congressmen have shown strong leadership as they recognize the urgent need to work together in a proactive way and set aside the appeals hearings until the December SCC meeting. The number of appeals to be taken up Saturday will have members listening for hours — probably their entire Saturday will be taken up with the process, precious time that could be spent in the field for U.S. Senate and U.S. Congressional candidates.

To see a copy of the congressional letter sent to Pat Mullins and SCC, click here.



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