Last Update: 5:10 PM January 5, 2015
WHIP COUNT: 9/29 Needed
Rep. Dave Brat (VA 7), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK 1), Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX 1), Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ 4), Rep. Walter Jones (NC 3), Rep. Steve King (IA 4), Rep. Thomas Massie (KY 4), Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN 3), Rep. Ted Yoho (FL 3)
January 5, 2015:
5:10 PM: Rep. Steve King, one of the heroes is pushing for Rep. Daniel Webster (FL 10).
Also, Republicans will be going into a conference meeting at 5:30 PM. We will get a sense of the atmosphere soon.
1:30 PM: Boehner is getting nervous. Sends his surrogate, Rep. Kinzinger (IL 16) to complain about Fire Boehner Campaign.
KEY VOTE ALERT: LLPH WILL KEY VOTE THE SPEAKER’S VOTE IN OUR 2015 SCORECARD!
January 4, 2015 Update: Rep. Louie Gohmert announces on Fox News Sunday that he is putting his name out as candidate against Speaker John Boehner.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1):
“After the November elections gave Republicans control of the Senate, voters made clear they wanted change. There have been numerous examples of problematic Republican leadership, but we were hopeful our leaders got the voters’ message. 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. There had been much discussion. But, until yesterday, no one had stepped up.
I applaud my friend Rep. Ted Yoho for putting his name forward as an alternative to the status quo. Ted is a good man for whom I could vote, but I have heard from many supporters and also friends in Congress who have urged me to put forward my name for Speaker as well to increase our chances of change. That is why I am also offering my name as a candidate for Speaker.
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.
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.”