The Orange One Lives: Only TWO Carolinas reps bother to listen to the people

cryjbIt was the biggest rebellion against a House speaker in 150 years.  Recent polling found 60 percent of Republicans wanting a new speaker of the House.  Only eighteen percent believe speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell are doing a good job. Yet, when the smoke cleared Tuesday, only TWO Carolinas Republicans  bothered to even LISTEN to the public outcry for change at the top.

Walter Jones (R-3) and Mark Meadows (R-11) voted for Florida congressman Dan Webster (R) in the election for speaker. Jones has been a long-term resident of Boehner’s doghouse.  Boehner tried to primary Jones out of existence in May.  He’s already knocked Jones off of some key committees.  But the man from Farmville is still there standing and fighting.  wj

Meadows got $5000 from Boehner during the campaign.  He also got tapped by Boehner as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations.  He had something to lose, but still took the risk of opposing the top dog in the chamber.  meadows

The only real surprise of the day was rookie Mark Walker (R-6) — an ordained minister who declared during his tough, hard-fought primary election that he would not back John Boehner for speaker.  His campaign got $10,000 from Boehner, and Walker apparently had a, um,  change of heart on opening day:

[…] Meanwhile, Mark Walker, a conservative freshman representing the Greensboro-based 6th Congressional District, issued a news release to explain why he backed Boehner.

“This was a difficult vote, as I share the frustrations expressed by many of my constituents, but I cast my vote today with a sense of optimism,” Walker said in a news release. “I plan to keep the speaker, and the whole House leadership team, accountable – to encourage them to pass conservative legislation and not buckle under pressure from the White House or Senate. When I believe legislation is not in the best interests of the 6th District of North Carolina and the American people, I will have no problems voting against leadership.”walker

Walker had been critical of Boehner during the primary, in which he beat out a field that included former Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., the son of a high-profile state senate leader. But The Hill newspaper noted, “Walker received $10,000 from Boehner’s leadership PAC.”

Of Webster and other opposition candidates, Walker said, “I do not believe they possess the record of leadership and accomplishment necessary to be Speaker of the House. I cannot just vote for the most conservative candidate when considering a position that is this important to the country.” […] 

And you thought Renee Ellmers was quick to screw over her voters.  *I am willing to bet that $10,000 in today’s money is roughly equivalent to 30 pieces of silver during biblical times.*

selloutYou REALLY shouldn’t be shocked when you are lied to by a politician.  But a lie from an ordained pastor IS especially troubling.  

Richard Hudson’s  (R-8)  2012 primary and general election victories were heavily funded by Boehner and then-majority leader Eric Cantor.  Boehner even campaigned for Hudson.  So, there was no doubt where ol’ Rich was headed on opening day. 

Virginia Foxx (R-5) has a caucus leadership position and sits on the powerful House Rules Committee.  So, you KNEW she was going to fall in line and be a good soldier.  It’s hard to understand why Renee Ellmers is such a suck-up to leadership.  She’s starting her third term in Congress as a member of the majority, and only chairs something she helped make up — The Republican Women’s Policy Committee.  

Patrick McHenry (R-10) is the right-hand man to House Majority Whip Steve “Never hearda David Duke” Scalise.  So, his support for Boehner was no surprise.  David Rouzer (R-7) has been a lobbyist.  His campaign was heavily funded and supported by Boehner and then-majority leader Cantor.  He’s already been awarded a subcommittee chairmanship.  So, his support of Boehner was no surprise.

George Holding (R-13) sits on five subcommittees and co-chairs something called The India Caucus.  So, he sold his soul really cheap. 

Robert Pittenger (R) chairs the House Committee on Financial Services — a post critical to moneyed interests in his Charlotte-centered district.  So, you knew he wasn’t going to cross The Orange Man. 

Well, a lot of you ”held” your nose during the last campaign and voted for these folks AND Thom Tillis.  Now we have a whole lot of folks “representing” us who clearly don’t give a damn about what we think.  * Nice work.*

 

 

 

32 comments for “The Orange One Lives: Only TWO Carolinas reps bother to listen to the people

  1. Chuck Suter
    January 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Landing Haymakers right out the gate in 2015!!!! Nice piece, Brant! Can’t wait to see you speak at Lake Norman Conservatives in Thom’s back yard on the 29th. http://www.lakenormanconservatives.org/

  2. Adam
    January 7, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    This is the behavior of people who know you will vote for them in a general election no matter what they do, simply because they have the right letter next to their name.

    • Raphael
      January 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      The same poll that showed 60% of Republican voters opposed the reelection of Boehner as Speaker also showed that a third of Republican voters were so disgusted they were ready to leave the party. Boehner and McConnell are treading dangerous ground, as they may well split the party with their cozying up to the special interests and Obama.

      Republican voters are becoming more and more aware of what suckweasels we have as ”leaders”, and I think CRomnibus had a lot to do with waking our voters up. I suspect that there will be a lot of energy behind dumping Boehner rubberstamps in the next set of primaries. This is much more than just the Tea Party. It is 60% of Republican voters.

      I think that Meadows has really proved himself a worthy conservative candidate for US Senate in 2016. Walter Jones has also proved himself a real hero. The rest have shown they need primary opponents in 2016.

      • Mason
        January 8, 2015 at 3:22 am

        Meadows will not run against Tricky Dicky as they are very good friends. I also am curious if Meadows “received” permission from Orange Man in Monday nights meeting with him and Justin Amash. Twas all just a little game from the GOP yet again.

  3. jr cooper
    January 7, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Why cross the Speaker? Especially if you want to represent your district. Hard to be effective if the GOP leadership has sent you to stand in the hall. Falling on your sword is neat in the movies but in Congress it might not be the best for your district.

    When it is all said and done the moral high ground is not as important as what a Congressman can do for his district. Bringing home the bacon is hard if you do not have the keys to the butcher shop.

    If you have ever been married then you know it is best to go along with the boss. Making a stand is futile when the odds are stacked against you from day one.

    • Raphael
      January 7, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Not surprising that a big government guy like you supports earmarks, but you are late. Congress has done away with earmarks.

  4. JonH
    January 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Go along get along for the good ole boys.. It frustrates me to the core that we elect representatives that won’t stand up for their principles. It only solidifies my belief that God will chastise this country because we’re afraid of being pointed out. The speaker should be articulate in dealing with the president and the media. John Boehner is anything but that.

    • Raphael
      January 8, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      Most importantly, elected officials should represent their constituents, not brownnose the Washington beltway elite. Most of our GOP Congressmen have betrayed their constituents when they returned power to the Orange Weeper.

  5. Ginny
    January 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    the grassroots is holding a tweetfest tonite 1/7 from 7-10 est thanking those 24 members who voted against Boehner. Use #24Stood4US

  6. James Sny
    January 7, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Get ready for another GOP warrior for amnesty. This is what Mark Walker’s campaign website said before he “changed” his position.

    “After border security and working with those who’ve legally applied, I would propose legislation that would provide an incremental pathway to legalization for 12 million illegal immigrants. If these registered immigrants adhere to the required guidelines, and have partaken in no significant criminal activity, we should allow the legalization process and move forward as one country.”

    • Kathy
      January 8, 2015 at 1:14 am

      You got it. Another sneak. Lie to get elected.

    • Raphael
      January 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Add another traitor who needs a primary. Looks like Meadows wants to represent the special interests instead of grassroots Republicans. He is committing party disloyalty when he goes against the platform on such a major issue.

      • James Sny
        January 9, 2015 at 4:09 am

        You mean Walker, not Meadows.

        • Raphael
          January 9, 2015 at 6:49 am

          No, I mean Meadows when he sold out on amnesty for illegal aliens. That overcame all the positives he got for opposing Boehner. Meadows was briefly a hero, then threw it all away.,

          • Raphael
            January 9, 2015 at 6:55 am

            Sorry, I read your post wrong several posts back. You were talking about Mark Walker instead of Mark Meadows. Walker is one of those social conservatives who just cannot seem to understand issues in other areas, and did indeed dance around on immigration during his campaign. The breaking of the Boehner promise to the voters is the big issue of concern at the moment, but when a politician starts playing games on one issue, you always have to wait for the other shoe to drop on others. I would say that Mark Walker is a politician whom I fundamentally do not trust.

  7. Toxhandler
    January 8, 2015 at 12:38 am

    You’re out of date on Holding. He just got promoted to the Ways and Means Committee. You think he was going to pass that up just because a boatload of people called his office instructing him to vote No on Boehner?

    • Raphael
      January 8, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Hopefully, his constituents will get a chance to vote NO on Holding in his 2016 primary.

      • Toxhandler
        January 9, 2015 at 3:19 am

        Paul Coble got roughed up pretty bad by Holding in the 2012 Primary. Now that people are looking at Holding with new eyes (aside from his Wayne and Wilson county worshippers), it would be nice to see him go for a re-match.

  8. Marm
    January 8, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Let’s bring Walter Jones home and elect him GOVERNOR of North CAROLINA in 2016″ That’ll give both the Rs and Ds something to chew.

    • Raphael
      January 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Walter is a real hero, but he can do us more good in the US Senate.

      And then we have to deal with that beltway hack who carpetbagged down trying to get his House seat last time. We do not need that Boehner Go-Fer as a Congresscritter.

  9. jr cooper
    January 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    So the result is that Jones and Meadows were the only two NC Republicans not on the winning team. That is not bad odds for NC.

    In the end Jones and Meadows will cause suffering for their constituents.

    • Adam
      January 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      And as we all know, voting for the “winner” is all that counts. It doesn’t matter what the person stands for, believes, or promises (and then goes back on). All that matters is gaining favor with those in power.

      Gross.

    • No Left Turn
      January 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Well, if it isn’t woebegone jr cooper, roving the Earth in his ragged cloak, prophesying doom and gloom, and rattling his RINO chains.

      Pay him no mind, fellow Hayseeds. He’s just grieved in the gizzard because Jones and Meadows are heros.

      We did not send them to D.C. to bring home the bacon, jr cooper. We sent them to help restore our freedoms, slam the brakes on Fedzilla, and force it to kneel at the feet of our Constitution.

      Meadows and Jones courageously battle the political Orcs of the D.C. Dark Tower. Those two warriors don’t cut and run. They earn our respect and appreciation, everyday.

      Get thee behind us, jr.

      • jr cooper
        January 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm

        “We did not send them to D.C. to bring home the bacon, jr cooper.”

        Maybe you did not but the voters did. Voters expect their representative to deliver the bacon back to the district. A representative with no standing cannot do that.

        Falling on your sword is rather overrated. Living to fight another day is more in vogue these days.

        Principles you say. This is politics.

        Those who betrayed the Speaker will be punished and so will their constituents. It is the way of the world.

        • No Left Turn
          January 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm

          Knock yourself out, then. Sell your birthright for a thimbleful of tasteless, watery RINO gruel.

          You’ll stomach will be growling, again, twenty seconds after you choke it down. You’ll have to come, cringing, before your RINO overlords, holding your empty little thimble up to them, like David Copperfield, and bleating, “More, please!”

          That isn’t “living to fight another day.” That’s voluntary serfdom.

          On the positive side, your craven acceptance of RINO abuse also qualifies you for a place on Moochell 0’s “National Starve-a-Student School Lunch Assault Team.” They always need more of those vanquished, submissive types who recognize bacon, when they see it, and will gleefully jerk it out of some hungry student’s mouth. So, there’s that.

        • Raphael
          January 8, 2015 at 9:24 pm

          Well, no, junior. The polls showed that 60% of Republican voters do not trust Boehner and want him G-O-N-E while only 18% of Republican voters wanted to keep him as Speaker. The majority of suckweasels among our GOP Congressmen kicked their constituents in the teeth when they voted for the Orange Weeper. We need Congressmen who will stand up for their constituents, not those who brownnose the special interests and the Washington beltway elite.

  10. Boggle
    January 8, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    The root and branch of all this soul-selling is manured, matured and sustained by one thing: a lack of term limits in the Congress. Add term limits … six years for a Senator, six years for a House Rep … and suddenly the corrupt seniority system / committee chair fondling gives way to competency-based leadership. The 88% scumbag-incumbent re-election rate falls on its *ss. None of this was ever intended as a jobs program for the socially and intellectually crippled sub-species that the current system spawns.

    • No Left Turn
      January 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      +1000

      Plus, NC needs a legal recall process to remove any “public servant” who rots, before their expiration date.

      • jr cooper
        January 8, 2015 at 4:06 pm

        A recall process?

        Heck, we vote on members of Congress every two years. How in the world would we have time to recall them before the next election cycle rolls around.

        • No Left Turn
          January 8, 2015 at 4:44 pm

          If conservatives run it, we’ll show you how.

          • jr cooper
            January 8, 2015 at 4:54 pm

            Just like the conservatives derailed Elmers and Tillis.

            I don’t think so.

            The proof is in the puddin”…….or the final vote count.

          • No Left Turn
            January 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

            Shhhhhhhhh, jr.

            Don’t say, “Puddin’.” It make the FLOTUS cramp up and twitch.

            (SUGAR! S-U-G-AAAAR !!!! AAHHKKK!!!”)

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