This morning on Fox and Friends, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) announced he will run for speaker of the House in a challenge to current Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner.
Gohmert told Tucker Carlson that people in Congress say they would vote for someone other than Boehner but they have no options. Now they do, he asserted. They have two options, Gohmert and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) — and maybe more will get in the race yet.
If a majority of those present and voting for a person vote for someone other than Boehner, the speaker’s race goes to a second round. Right now that number is around 29, since Rep. Grimm is resigning effective tomorrow. A high-level GOP source says at that point there would be blood in the water and a second round vote could facilitate many other candidates jumping in the race.
The Texas congressman explained that Boehner and the GOP leadership deceived the American people when they went to Obama and Pelosi to get the votes for the Cromnibus, after they told the people they would fight tooth and nail against amnesty — and this follows a number of years of broken promises. Gohmert also referenced the recent poll that came out showing that 60% of Republican voters and Republican-leaning voters want someone other than Boehner on the job.
With at least two other alternatives to Boehner on the table, congressmen facing their angry, Boehner-weary constituents have no cover to say there were no other options but to support Boehner once again.
Late last night, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) sent out a press release announcing he would also challenge Boehner, saying: “The American people have allowed us to choose who is best suited to lead the House by electing a deep bench of diverse and qualified members. Our Republic is built on choice, and if needed, I would stand up to give our members that option.”
Gohmert closed off his segment by saying it is time for a change.