John Boehner looked a little bit rattled as he was introduced as the winner of House Speakership by Nancy Pelosi yesterday. Mr. Boehner was elected unanimously by House Republicans two years ago. However, negative demeanor was displayed publicly during the roll call vote yesterday (January 3rd) when each Republican member announced their choice for Speakership. Ten Republicans voted for someone other than Mr. Boehner, one voted “present” and two remained silent even though they were in the chamber. It was only at the end of the vote that Boehner cleared the majority he needed.
Who were these Republicans that will no doubt be trouble makers for the next two years:
Three are the ones who were thrown off committees by Boehner last fall. Tim Huelskamp of (R, Kansas) voted for Representative Jim Jordan (R,Ohio); Justin Amash (R, Michigan) voted for Raúl Labrador (R, Idaho); in turn, Raul Labrador and Mick Mulvaney (R, S. Carolina) remained silent when they were asked for his vote; and Walter Jones (R, N. Carolina) voted for David Walker, a former United States comptroller who is not even in the House.
In addition, Jim Bridenstine (R, Oklahoma) and newly elected Ted Yoho (R, Florida) voted for Majority Leader Cantor (I am still missing the 3rd vote for Cantor), and Thomas Massie (R, Kentucky) voted for Mr. Amash (R, Michigan). Newly elected Steve Stockman (R, Texas) voted “present.”
On the Democratic side Jim Cooper (D, Tennessee), voted for Colin Powell and John Barrow voted for John Lewis (D, Georgia).
Hopefully the newly elected Congress will show more sanity with an increase in the female gender. We will watch these women as well.