With House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement Friday, the question becomes, who’s going to replace him?
One possibility may be Rep. Louie Gohmert, a proven conservative and a tenacious attack dog when America’s liberties are at stake.
The Texas Republican issued this statement on Boehner’s withdrawal, scheduled for the end of October.
“America is at an incredibly perilous time in our history; we need bold leadership more than ever, and the Speaker now has graciously given us that opportunity.”
“Due in part to the massive shift in power away from the most accountable representatives of the people to a President and five judges, we have needed leadership with vision for the future that did not continue the downhill slide. A goal to simply slow the losses of liberty and opportunity is not what is needed.”
“So often, after being elected to Congress, members have the goal drilled into their head that there is nothing nobler than being a ‘team player.’ Football and our military are deep passions of mine, but their metaphorical uses in Congress are often inappropriate. For an appropriate use of the sports metaphor, too often ‘being a team player’ has disguised the fact that a play has been called that has us running toward the wrong goal line.”
“As members of Congress, we should be accountable to our constituents and nation more than any earthly responsibility. For the vast majority, we understand that ultimately we will all kneel accountably before God.”
“As Speaker Boehner moves on to a new chapter in his life, I truly wish both him and his family well. I have nothing but best wishes for him, wherever he will be.”
“My fervent prayers are with the country at this defining moment. It’s past time that we, as a body, stand firmly for those who are being oppressed by government and take up the torch of liberty to ensure this flame of freedom is not extinguished for the generations that follow us.”
Fortune magazine suggested three other possibilities — not necessarily as conservative as Gohmert.
The first was Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, whom they called the “safest pick,” given that he’s currently the House Majority Leader.
The second suggestion hails from Boehner’s home state of Ohio, Rep. Jim Jordan. But unlike Boehner, he would appeal more to the conservative House Republicans.
Fortune’s third pick was Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, who chairs the House Budget Committee and sits on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, giving him the gravitas for the job.
All good possibilities, but if it’s conservative that the Republicans are looking for, they may want to look to the Lone Star State and try Gohmert on for size.
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