House Speaker: AZ conservatives endorse Webster over McCarthy & UPDATE

With the announced resignation of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner a welcome reality, a downside looms.

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House majority leader, is Boehner’s ‘right hand man,’ who frequently veers left. Still McCarthy has been regarded as the presumptive successor to Boehner.

Conservatives oppose promoting McCarthy to the leadership position in the wake of Boehner’s upcoming departure.  The prevailing thought is that such a move will leave in place a team that has failed to deliver on its promises or oppose Obama’s “executive” overreaches.

Reps. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) both announced their intentions to run in opposition to status-quo McCarthy.

Freedom Works which tracks key votes called on conservatives not to support McCarthy — calling him Boehner 2.0.

Today in a closed-door vote of the House Republican Conference for speaker, Webster received the conservative support.

The full chamber, in a public roll call vote, will vote on Boehner’s successor on Oct. 29. At that time, 218 votes are needed to secure the leadership post.

AZ U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon is a founding member of the invitation-only House Freedom Caucus, a group of approximately 40 Republicans devoted to limited-government principles. Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert are also members.

The later October date pushes the GOP leadership elections up against a major vote to raise the federal government’s nearly $19 trillion debt ceiling.

The Obama administration advised Boehner in a letter last week that the debt ceiling has to be raised by Nov. 5 or the U.S. will risk defaulting. During Boehner’s tenure, he relied on a group of squish Republicrats to join with Democrats to pass similar legislation.

Has a new day dawned?


FOX News is reporting McCarthy has dropped out, saying, ’It’s best that we have a new face.”


8 Responses to House Speaker: AZ conservatives endorse Webster over McCarthy & UPDATE

  1. Doc says:

    So, I just found this on DRUDGE:–congress-republicans-95666368b6.html

    Buried in the article is an endorsement for McCarthy from former Congressman & V.P. Dick Cheney. Read it & weep. McCarthy IS bonehead 2.0…V.P. Cheney, a frequent commenter on Foxnews, needs to go find someone else’s ointment to ruin…

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    McCarthy withdraws from race:

    He’s been linked to a fellow Republican congresswoman in an affair. I wonder if this is why.

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    In a curious development, Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., also sent a letter to House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., urging a full vetting of all leadership candidates to avoid a repeat of 1998, when the conference selected then-Rep. Bob Livingston in November to succeed outgoing House Speaker Newt Gingrich. It then emerged Livingston had been conducting an affair. Jones asked that any candidate who has committed “misdeeds” withdraw.

    Asked by to elaborate, Jones said he doesn’t “know anything” specific about any of the candidates, but, “We need to be able to say without reservation that ‘I have nothing in my background that six months from now could be exposed to the detriment of the House of Representatives.'” He said he wants to make sure the candidates have “no skeletons.”


    • Fought For My Country says:

      This squeaky clean ideal has never been an issue for John McCain, who is anything but. He dumped his loyal wife who waited for him while he was in Vietnam and quickly married much younger Cindy the beer heiress. His fellow prisoners regard him as a liar and he has done everything within his power to shut down investigations into American MIAs, even insulting the sister of one who labored until her death to get answers.

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        John McCain has escaped any responsibility for misdeeds committed in his lifetime. It’s beyond me why the voters of AZ put up with his reckless behavior year after year. He manages to get out of messy political situations unscathed – then goes off and causes more trouble. He thinks he can run Washington and Arizona politics – he’s even helpful to the Left by undermining
        Conservatives sent there by their constituents. His payback for nasty behavior may have to wait until he takes that final breath.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    There’s got to be a Lot more to this story.

    Looks like Boehner will be hanging around for now.

    Convenient for Obama.

    Boehner had tendered his resignation on Sept 25, to be effective at the end of October.

    Then the incident in Roseburg, Oregon happened on October 1.
    Obama has made it a political issue, as to gun control, as soon as the tragedy was reported. And he will be in Oregon on Friday.

    This may be more about Obama and Boehner and gun control than it is about McCarthy. Obama may need just another little piece of Boehner’s soul before the crybaby cuts and runs for his bar stool at his country club in Ohio.

    there are the recent accounts that the US Secret Service has been circulating information from a previous background investigation conducted by them in regards to Jason Chaffetz, when he applied for a job there in 2003.

    Apparently, at least 18 GS-15 level supervisors knew that the info had been leaked, and 29 field offices had accessed the files after the Assistant Director of Training, Ed Lowry emailed a colleague earlier this year, writing that “some information he might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair”. . . . .

    So it will be interesting to see if Chaffetz hangs in there.

    • Doc says:

      I agree, Saguaro Sam. There’s a fox in th’ hen-house…’course th’ hens are all diseased anyway, so…