Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) shot down the idea that his GOP colleague from Texas, Louie Gohmert, would succeed in his attempt to oust House Speaker John Boehner, the Washington Post reported.
“Some people wrote me encouraging me to vote for Louie Gohmert,” Mulvaney said in a statement posted on Tuesday. “I like Louie, but let’s be clear: Louie Gohmert was – is – never ever going to be Speaker of the House. I respect his passion, but he isn’t a credible candidate. That was proved today by the fact that he got three votes, despite all the national media attention he managed to grab.”
Several other conservatives, including Fox News host Sean Hannity, have criticized Boehner for agreeing to the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” spending bill passed late last year, accusing the Ohio Republican of caving on GOP principles.
But Mulvaney said the calls for Boehner to be replaced were driven “as much by talk radio as by a thoughtful and principled effort to make a change.” For his part, Mulvaney — who refused to vote for anyone during the last House Speaker election two years ago — voted for Boehner, saying he learned from his past experience.
“We walked onto the floor two years ago with signed pledges – handwritten promises – from more than enough people to deny Boehner his job,” Mulvaney wrote. “But when it came time to vote, almost half of those people changed their minds – including some of those who voted against Boehner today. Fool me once, shame on you.”
Any potential challengers to Boehner’s position, Mulvaney argued, should have come forward during the GOP’s internal election for Speaker in November, thus enabling a secret ballot that would have measured the real level of dissent within the party.
“In fact, we could’ve done that as late as Monday night, on a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the Speaker,” he said. “But that didn’t happen … and at least one of the supposed challengers to Boehner today didn’t even go to the meeting last night. That told me a lot.”