Tuesday, January 10, 2006

House Leadership Endorsement: Boehner

Although it doesn't really matter, RM is getting behind Rep. John Boehner of Ohio.

Reps. Ramstad and Kline have already endorsed Boehner.

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Kline, who sits on Boehner's Committee on Education and the Workforce, praised Boehner for his role in uncovering the House banking scandal in 1992: "I believe Congressman Boehner's experience and integrity are just what the House needs right now."

Ramstad called Boehner "a proven reformer and pragmatic leader," who is "not afraid to shake things up." (Source: Star Tribune, Jan. 10, 2006)

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What Boehner has to say:

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Boehner released a 37-page manifesto, asserting that the Republican Party is "stuck in neutral and hesitant to push the accelerator."

"We seem adrift, uncomfortable with our ability to reach big goals and unsure about what we stand for as a Conference," Boehner wrote in a document that had been in preparation for weeks. "Lacking a common vision that expresses our hopes for what America can still become and our shared commitment to realizing those hopes, we've fallen into a dangerous and demoralizing cycle of the status quo, where we struggle instead of strive."

Boehner aides released what they described as a partial list of 13 declared supporters, heavy on lawmakers from Boehner's home state of Ohio and neighboring Kentucky, but also with Southerners such as Reps. Charles W. Boustany Jr. (La.) and J. Gresham Barrett (S.C.) and low-key back-benchers such as Reps. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) and Jim Saxton (N.J.). Also working on his behalf are former aides now in the lobbying world. (Source: Washintgon Post, "Blunt, Boehner Remain as Field For Majority Leader Narrows," Jan. 10, 2006)

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