Boehner quickly moved to punish those who voted against him, removing members from key committee posts. But the grass roots has roared and the Speaker is thinking twice.
The attached article couches it like Boehner just had second thoughts about playing real hardball. The truth is a good number of Republican congresspeople – many who voted for Boehner – are feeling the heat from voters at home over the Speaker’s move. At least some members have quietly urged the Speaker to pursue another tack. Boehner may take their advice.
This naturally upsets some establishment GOP guys who have been licking their chops over new power which might not now come their way.
Some lawmakers and aides close to Boehner say Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) might win back his prized seat on the elite, speaker-appointed Rules Committee, and Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) may even get to chair subcommittees on other panels, even though all three voted against Boehner. Senior GOP leadership aides say no final decisions have been made, but the prospect of letting the dissenters off easy is galling to some of the speaker’s closest allies, who want blood — and seem angry he isn’t willing to spill it.
“We need to get to the bottom of the guys who voted against [procedural motions], and we need to understand why they voted against that, and then we need to know why people voted against the speaker yesterday,” said Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican whom Boehner installed as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “Name calling — saying ‘RINO’ and ‘establishment’ – that’s name calling,” Nunes said. “We need to understand why they voted the way they did.”
Nunes wants the panel that chooses committee assignments to reconvene and take action against the dissenters, and he’s planning to draft a Republican resolution that would forbid people who vote against the speaker from leading subcommittees.