About time someone said it.
Last night in an interview on Breitbart News Tonight, Republican Congressman from Arizona, Paul Gosar, became the first GOP member of the House of Representatives to publicly call for the immediate removal of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
During the interview with Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large, Rebecca Mansour Gosar pointed out Ryan’s failures on immigration with emphasize on the looming pro-amnesty discharge petition which is now hanging in the balance.
But Gosar didn’t only stop at Ryan, he also hammered the entire current leadership team. Gosar then pointed to the founding chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Republican from Ohio Jim Jordan, as a solid and most viable replacement for Ryan when the time comes.
“Part of the problem is I think the whole leadership team is toxic,” Gosar said. “And that’s part of the problem. How did we choose this? These are the same group of people that conveyed the jurisdiction of the omnibus. These are the same group of leaders that haven’t honored a promise.”
“There’s a movement of people that are backing Jim Jordan from the Freedom Caucus,” Gosar said. “He would be a great person to get back to having leadership for change and well-statute reform. That’s how you look at this: it’s got to be somebody that is going to bring back good process which brings back good policy which builds good politics. This is problematic.”
All this comes as news broke this past weekend that a group of more than 100 grassroots conservatives were calling to draft Jordan for the speakership.
He further elaborated on his support for Jordan for Speaker of the House:
“I think Jim Jordan is a great person. I think the move is afoot to draft Jim Jordan,” Gosar said. “I think if the votes were already had I think the replacement would have already been there. I think the further this goes down the road—I think this was the latest warning call in regards to that process, on the farm bill. I think it’s time. I think it would energize our base. It would get somebody who would actually get back the jurisdiction and the clout to Congress and the House as equal footings with the Senate and stop taking this crap allowing the Senate to back us into corners and mitigate with ourselves instead of being a fair and equal component like the Senate. This would be the perfect scenario—otherwise, we’re going to have the same kind of problems over and over again.”
All this comes at a time when the House GOP leadership is frail. Ryan, since he is starting to see the writing on the wall, announced he is not seeking re-election. By doing this he ceded his authority as Speaker by purposely taking a lame duck approach to the midterm elections.
Ryan is viewed by a large majority of Republicans as not doing enough to stop an effort by pro-amnesty, open borders, globalist Republicans to use a discharge petition to force the issue of amnesty onto the floor of the House of Representatives before the midterms.
Sadly the presumed future Speaker of the house, Majority Leader Kevin Mccarthy from California might very well make us wish for the good ole days of Speaker Ryan or even Speaker Boehner since he is probably more pro-amnesty than both former speakers put together.
Here is more on the Gosar saga via Breitbart:
Over 100 conservative leaders are sending an open letter to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), urging him to run for Speaker of the House.
Conventional wisdom says that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is heavily favored to be the establishment Republican choice to lead the chamber if the GOP holds on in November’s midterm elections. But many conservatives want a choice, and 114 leaders signed a letter asking for Jim Jordan to be the alternative.
“The present House Republican leadership has proven that it’s part of ‘the Swamp.’ Consequently, a vote to promote any member of today’s House GOP leadership is a vote for the Swamp,” the letter begins. “It’s time to Clean House.”
There must be a real race for Speaker of the House,” the letter continues. “Now. No backroom deals. A real race, starting this spring, to make every incumbent and candidate commit on the record, as a campaign issue, whether they’ll vote to save the Swamp or drain it.”
“America needs you to declare yourself as a candidate for Speaker at once,” the conservative leaders say to Jordan. “We write to you on behalf of millions of Americans who want Congress to drain the Swamp.”
The letter lays out the polling data on how many Americans are frustrated with both parties and makes the case for why a non-establishment Speaker candidate is needed to motivate the Republican base and intrigue moderate voters to believe that change is available.
These conservative leaders continue:
You must take the lead. You have demonstrated over your years on Capitol Hill an unwavering commitment to our constitutional liberties and conservative principles of free market economics, budgetary discipline, traditional values and a strong national defense. You have worked to drain the Swamp, not fill it further. And we all know what the current House Republican leadership really thinks of you and those who share your beliefs. You have established a record of responsible leadership of the kind our times demand.
“The present House Republican leadership has failed,” the letter concludes. “It is part of the problem. You are the solution. This is your moment. We pray you will seize it, knowing that if you do, we will do everything we can to help you succeed.”
The first signatory is Edwin Meese III, who was the counselor to the president for President Reagan’s first term and the 75th U.S. attorney general during Reagan’s second term.
The letter continues with some leaders who focus on the full range of conservative policy and political issues, including:
Ginni Thomas, Liberty Consulting
Brent Bozell, Media Research Center
David Bozell, ForAmerica
Ken Cuccinelli, Senate Conservatives Fund
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
Susan Carleson, American Civil Rights Union
Stephanie Coleman, Liberty Action Network
The letter also has leaders from economic conservative organizations, including Jenny Beth Martin from Tea Party Patriots and Adam Brandon from FreedomWorks.
Various social conservative leaders likewise signed it, including Kelly Shackelford from First Liberty Institute, Morton Blackwell from the Weyrich Lunch, and Sandy Rios from the American Family Association.
National security conservatives also supported the letter, including Frank Gaffney from the Center for Security Policy and Elaine Donnelly from the Center for Military Readiness.
These leaders and their organizations know that a widespread display of support could potentially catapult Jordan into the Speaker’s office, with some hoping as a fallback that it could, at a minimum, lead to a power-sharing arrangement that gives constitutional conservatives a seat at the table.
The election for Speaker will occur in January 2019 when the new Congress is sworn in after the November midterm election. However, there are rumors in D.C. that McCarthy’s supporters are trying to force Ryan out before the election and install McCarthy as the new Speaker well before November.
The GOP base organizations pushing Jordan for Speaker are seeking to make November a referendum on the direction of the House under Republican leadership, and believe GOP voters will back a Trumpian agenda on issues like immigration and wasteful government spending, which could tilt the race in Jordan’s favor, or at least force the new GOP leadership to adopt the parts of President Trump’s agenda that conservatives argue those leaders are currently undermining.”
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