Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert announced on Jan. 4 he would challenge John Boehner as speaker of the House in the new Congress.
Gohmert visited Fox News' “Fox and Friends” to confirm his plans. “I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate for speaker,” Gohmert said on the show. Gohmert cited the recent passing of the “cromnibus” spending bill, created without a measure included that would block President Obama’s executive order on immigration, as one of his reasons for challenging Speaker Boehner. “It was a terrible strategy and it follows a number of years of broken promises,” Gohmert said. “It's time for a change."
Gohmert joins a list of Republicans who have opposed Boehner’s position. Florida Rep. Ted Yoho also announced he would challenge the speaker, saying he felt November voters were calling for an end to more of the same leadership.
“This is not a personal attack against Mr. Boehner, however, the people desire and deserve a choice,” Yoho said in a Facebook post. “In November, they resoundingly rejected the status quo.”
According to The Hill, conservative group FreedomWorks has encouraged activists to “contact their representatives” ahead of the vote on Jan. 6 that will determine whether or not Boehner will be replaced.
“With a growing Republican majority in the House and a historically high number of liberty-voting fiscal conservatives within it, there is an urgent need [to] replace Speaker Boehner with fresh, bold leadership that better represents the views of the whole caucus,” FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said. “Speaker Boehner has kicked fiscal conservatives off committee positions for voting against his wishes, caved on numerous massive spending bills at the eleventh hour, and abused the legislative process to stomp out opposition by holding surprise votes and giving members little time to actually read the bills before they vote.”
Gohmert told “Fox and Friends” that his initial goals, if elected as the new speaker, would be to challenge the immigration order as well as Obamacare. According to The Huffington Post, he would also “make sure members got a voice.”
“We will go through regular committee process so everybody, every representative from both parties, will have a chance to participate in the process and not have a dictator running things, deciding who's the chairman, who gets what committee, what bills come to the floor,” Gohmert said.
Boehner is expected to win the Jan. 6 vote, despite strong opposition to his re-election.