House Speaker John Boehner must be ousted, the Senate Conservatives Fund says.
The Washington Times reports the group, a super-PAC founded by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, plans to put the pressure on GOP lawmakers by keeping track of which ones back their efforts to boot the Ohio Republican.
The group’s decision comes amid anger that GOP leaders are gearing up to support a bill increasing the nation’s borrowing limit without any givebacks.
In an email to supporters, reported by The Washington Post, the fund said, “Republicans are giving up because they know that winning is impossible when their leaders are determined to lose. These leaders have telegraphed weakness to the Democrats and sabotaged conservative efforts so many times that Republicans now have no leverage. There’s only one solution.
“John Boehner must be replaced as Speaker of the House.”
The email went on to say that Boehner “has chosen to ignore us and help President Obama enact his liberal agenda.”
“Unless we install a new leader who will actually go on offense, Democrats will never fear us and we will never have any leverage,” it continued.
On Tuesday, Boehner allowed a vote on a raise in the debt limit without any conditions. It passed by 20 votes with all but two Democrats supporting it. However Boehner was joined by just 27 of his Republican colleagues in favor of the bill.
Boehner’s decision ignored factions of his party that called for tying the measure to defunding of Obamacare and including benefits for military retirees.
The mission of the Senate Conservatives Fund is to elect “true conservative leaders.”
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By Bill Hoffmann