Gohmert and Yoho Challenge Boehner for Speakership

CNSNews.com Staff | January 4, 2015 | 12:56pm EST
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Rep. Louie Gohmert (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Representatives Louie Gohmert of Texas and Ted Yoho of Florida are offering themselves as alternatives to John Boehner to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives in the new Congress that will convene on Tuesday.

"We’ve heard from a lot of Republicans that, gee, I would vote for somebody besides Speaker Boehner, but no one will put their name out there as running so there is nobody out there to vote for," Gohmert said on Fox News on Sunday morning. "Well, that changed yesterday when my friend Ted Yoho said I am putting my name out there, I’ll be a candidate for speaker. And I am putting my name out there also today to be another candidate for speaker.

"Unlike what some of the establishment people are saying, that if someone votes for a candidate besides Boehner on the floor, Pelosi can win. That’s hogwash," said Gohmert. "The rules are you have to get a majority of all those votes cast for an eligible person, which is any adult American citizen. So, there is no chance of Pelosi winning as long as 59 Republicans don’t vote present. If they vote for a person, whether it is me, Ted Yoho, anybody else who gets in before Tuesday and we have 29 people vote for somebody beside Speaker Boehner then we get to a second round or a third round

"Eventually the goal is, second, third, fourth round, we have enough people that say, you know what, it really is time for a change," said Gohmert.

"You deceived us when you went to Obama and Pelosi to get the votes for the CRomnibus," Gohmert said of Boehner. "You said you would fight amnesty tooth-and-nail, you didn’t, you funded it."

Gohmert said that if he were speaker, "first of all, we will fight amnesty tooth-and-nail. We will use the powers of the purse. We will have better oversight. We will fight to defund Obamacare."

"In 2010, Boehner and other leaders said if you put us in the majority you will have time to read the bills,"Gohmer said. "That hasn’t happened. We saw that with the CRomnibus again. If I’m speaker there will be plenty of time to read the bills. We will get back to appropriating. And 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. It will be regular order where people can participate and have their representatives represent them."

In a statement released on Saturday, Yoho said he would offer himself as a candidate for speaker.

"The American people have spoken loud and clear by their choice to elect conservative Representatives to serve them in Washington," said Yoho. "It’s our turn now, as members of the People’s House, to echo their demands by electing a new speaker. 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."

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