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January 04, 2015

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I feel guilty for going off topic on the book thread.

Here's some news to chew on while we wait for the next post...

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert has declared his candidacy for Speaker of the House of Representatives against John Boehner.

"After the November elections gave Republicans control of the Senate, voters made clear they wanted change," Gohmert said in a statement timed alongside a Sunday show interview with Tucker Carlson.

"There have been numerous examples of problematic Republican leadership, but we were hopeful our leaders got the voters' message," Gohmert stated. "However, after our Speaker forced through the CRomnibus by passing it with Democratic votes and without time to read it, it seemed clear that we needed new leadership."

I think you should tell your Congresscritter (if a GOPer) to vote for Gohmert.

Here's a link to his statement:


There is false information being floated that any Republican candidates in addition to the current Speaker will split the vote and give the Speaker's gavel to Congresswoman Pelosi. This is nothing but a scare tactic to keep the current regime in power.

As long as Republicans vote for an adult American citizen for Speaker, no Democrat can win. Only if 59 Republicans voted "Present" would there be a chance for a Democrat to win.

To win the Speaker's race, an adult American citizen has to get a clear majority of all Members of Congress on the House floor voting for an eligible person. Voting "Present" simply reduces the number of votes required to win a majority. If no one wins a majority on the first ballot, then we go to a second vote, then a third, until someone gets a majority.

At this point, the Speaker's election is not about a particular candidate. It is about whether we keep the status quo or make the change the country demands. I am putting forward my name for consideration as Speaker and hope that with a new Speaker, be that me or someone else, we can fight for the ideals and principles that the voters wanted when they elected us in November.

Here are his top priorities:

Gohmert said House Republicans must use the power of the purse to defund President Obama's amnesty plan and Obamacare. The Texas congressman also pointed to the Keystone pipeline, saying the GOP must stop overregulation, specifically in the energy sector.


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