Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) revealed some behind-the-scenes political information Friday as to how House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was originally elected House majority leader in 2006, and what he did after Republicans suffered a major defeat later that year.
The discussion came on the heels of current House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic defeat in the Virginia primary. The House is preparing to elect a new majority leader, and Gohmert cautioned the body not to make the same mistake it did with John Boehner.
“In 2006, when John Boehner had been majority leader for — since January basically, and had gotten elected, he got my vote on the second ballot saying, ‘Give me a trial run. If by November I don’t convince you I’m the best guy, vote for someone else,’” Gohmert said on Glenn Beck’s radio program.
But Gohmert said the night Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “won the gavel,” or became House speaker following those elections, Boehner was one of the only Republicans who was not “devastated.”
“He was on the phone calling everybody saying, ‘Hey, you can’t hold this against me. You’ve got to the give me two more years,’” Gohmert said. “And he convinced people, while we were so devastated. I didn’t support him that night, but a lot of people were committed to supporting before they could even catch a breath.”
Boehner has been in a position of power within the United States House of Representatives ever since, and has since moved from the House majority leader to the House speaker.
As the House of Representatives prepares to fill the void left by Eric Cantor and elect a new majority leader, Gohmert cautioned the body not to make the same mistake it did in the past, by holding an election in the wake of a political upset that left heads spinning.
The Texas congressman asked Americans to call Speaker Boehner’s office and ask him not to “ram through” the election for a new House majority leader.
“You have to learn something from this lesson,” Gohmert warned. “Give your conference time to talk about it. Don’t ram through this thing. This is too important.”
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