4245Right ballistic over John Boehner ‘purge’
- Dec 5, 2012http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/right-ballistic-over-john-boehner-purge-84612.html
Right ballistic over John Boehner ‘purge’
By: Katie Glueck
December 5, 2012 07:30 AM EST
House Speaker John Boehner is under fierce attack from conservatives in the blogosphere and on Twitter over his “purge” of several conservatives from top congressional committees, as well as for his offer to fend off the fiscal cliff.
“#purgeboehner,” tweeted Michelle Malkin, following committee changes that hit members, including Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).
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“Boehner, GOP leaders purge conservatives from powerful committees; update: Boehner scoffs,” read a headline at Breitbart.com.
“You saw just a conservative purge in the House, you’ve seen the Washington insiders all saying, ‘Well we have to back off of our principles, and get away from certain issues and compromise on others,’” former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum told POLITICO.
“Tomorrow we should all call John Boehner’s office to remind him to call Congressman Amash,” tweeted RedState.com’s Erick Erickson.
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Those comments come as several conservative Republicans were this week removed from top congressional committees. For example, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) lost his spot on Agriculture, and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) won’t be returning to Budget.
“Still waiting for call from GOP leadership,” Amash tweeted. “Are they too embarrassed to explain they booted me for working to reduce debt?”
“We were not notified about what might occur, but it confirms in my mind the deepest suspicions that most Americans have about Washington, D.C: It’s petty, it’s vindictive, and if you have conservative principles, you will be punished,” Huelskamp said this week.
Some conservative activists on Twitter turned to the hashtag “Fire Boehner.”
“Mr Speaker, Obama wants to go off the cliff (see @dnc platform) How about focusing on that, not focusing on #conservativepurge! #FireBoehner,” tweeted Ron Meyer, spokesman for the conservative group American Majority Action.
Gabriella Hoffman of the conservative Leadership Institute offered, “We want a competent Speaker of the House, not a feckless Weeper of the House. #FireBoehner.”
The fiscal cliff deal Boehner laid out this week also received a chilly reception from some on the right.
“I think Boehner is at risk of splitting his caucus,” said Matt Kibbe, the president of the conservative group FreedomWorks, on CNN Tuesday.
“One party proposes 800 billion in tax increases,” wrote Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Facebook. “In an effort to counter them and continue to be the “low tax, small government” party, the other party’s leadership proposes….wait for it…800 billion in tax increases. As my good friend Jim DeMint says, if you are speeding toward a cliff at 80mph, putting on the cruise control is not really a viable solution.”
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), for his part, also turned to the web to bash Boehner.
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“Speaker Boehner’s offer of an $800 billion tax hike will destroy jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more,” he tweeted.
Kibbe said Boehner’s proposal doesn’t reduce enough spending.
“I think [Boehner] is negotiating with himself,” Kibbe said. “I wish Republicans would lay out a more substantial vision.”
Kevin Cirilli contributed to this report.
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