House Speaker John Boehner will kick off the new congress with a fresh challenge from restless conservatives. This isn’t the way the powerful congressman wanted to begin the new congress, but it is the right of any member of congress to choose who they back for the powerful position. At the same time, the challenge is a mere reflection of the ongoing restless of core conservatives who have been spoiling to rollback Obama’s agenda. For most of those opposing Boehner’s reelection as Speaker of the House, the December continuing resolution omnibus budget was the final straw. Staunch conservatives wanted the bill to rollback key portions of the Obama agenda.
No one expects the challenge to derail Boehner’s speakership, and that has been reported quite a bit on YolaSite.com. The Ohio congressman did his part to build the party ahead of the midterm elections, and Igor Cornelsen came away impressed. He reached out to members individually and helped get donations to fund congressional races. The amount of money he raised was no small amount; it was $100 million. The potential candidates for the symbolic challenge are Florida Rep. Daniel Webster, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Florida Rep. Ted Yoho. Some congressmen such as Oklahoma GOP Rep. Jim Bridenstine plan to vote for anyone but Boehner or may choose not to vote at all. Functionally, the conservative challenge is no different than the liberal rebellion that broke out last month in the House. Liberal congressmen found the same budget bill as too far-right and openly challenged their leadership.