With House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finds himself in the crosshairs with a top Republican Party executive calling for his resignation and Gov. Bobby Jindal saying “it is now your turn.”
Vice Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Roger Villere, minced no words on Facebook, posting “McConnell needs to resign!”
Villere has served as chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party for 12 years, longer than any other state chairman.
Presidential hopeful Jindal, who has been suffering in the polls and languishing in the “second tier” in the debates, told attendees at the Value Voters Summit on Friday, “Here’s what I say in response to Speaker Boehner stepping down: Mitch McConnell, it is now your turn.”
For Villere, McConnell’s support of a deal with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown and continue funding of Planned Parenthood appeared to be the final straw. Others commenting on his post agreed, one writing “hang him by the ankles & use him for a birthday piñata.”
One commenter thought McConnell’s resignation would only scratch the surface. “I agree but he’s not the only Republican that needs to resign from their positions. A ton at the roots who feel themselves to be leaders of this, that, and the other should also find jobs at McD’s.”
Villere told The Washington Times Sunday that the base is leaving the Republican Party. “I’m out in the field all the time and we have all our elections this year for state offices, and it’s hurting us tremendously with our elections.”
In addition to failing to stop funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood, Villere cites McConnell’s failure to act on President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions on illegal immigration, and his surrender on Obamacare.
“Not trying to repeal Obamacare, not defunding Planned Parenthood, not trying to stop illegal immigration,” he said. “That is what Republicans ran on and once they were elected they did not follow up with their promises.”
Jindal echoed that frustration, even flirting with a third party in his remarks at the last debate on September 16. “If we can’t defund Planned Parenthood now—if we can’t stand for innocent human life after these barbaric videos—it is time to be done with the Republican Party,” he said.
“If we can’t win on that issue, there’s no point for being cheaper Democrats, no point for having a second liberal party, it is time to get rid of the Republican Party, start over with a new one that is at least conservative,” said Jindal.