“He’s gotta convince me.” That’s what newly sworn-in Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-MT) had to say for the Republican leader in the House John Boehner (R-MT). Zinke said he is undecided on who he will vote for when it comes to Speaker of the House in the new session of Congress as he spoke with me Tuesday morning on our statewide radio talk show Voices of Montana. (Boehner is facing a challenge from House conservatives)
Earlier this morning, I listened as Zinke also told KMMS radio host Chris Griffin in Bozeman that he was undecided on speaker, but did add that he likes Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
Here’s more from Zinke, the first Navy SEAL elected to the US House, regarding the Speaker vote on Tuesday’s Voices of Montana. Click below to listen:
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I also asked Zinke about how the GOP is going to win back the support of the conservative base, after snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory during the lame duck session that forced a new wilderness designation in Montana.
Zinke said, “I share the same concerns. I watched it like everybody else. He added that starting today with the new Congress, there’s no more excuses. Unlike the lame duck session you can’t blame Harry Reid, because he’s out of power.
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At the end of the day, shortly before I wrapped up this post, the vote came in. John Boehner confirmed as Speaker of the House. And while it looks as though Zinke did not vote against Boehner, the mere threat in itself may be a wake up call for the leadership to stand up and deliver.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015 4:31 PM
Rino Ryan’s First Vote
A former Oregon Duck center named Ryan
Snapped the ball thru the endzone, no denyin’
‘Cause on the first play of the game
He voted for more of the same
And Speaker Boehner gets to keep on a’lyin’!
Yes, Commander Zinke turned to, fore and aft
And immediately found corruption and graft.
Montanan’s emailed and phoned
To get John Boehner dethroned
But Rino Ryan decided to give ’em the shaft!
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The Republicans who voted against Boehner were Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Rod Blum (Iowa), Dave Brat (Va.), Jim Bridenstine (Okla.), Curt Clawson (Fla.), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Scott Garrett (N.J.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Steve King (Iowa), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Mark Meadows (N.C.), Richard Nugent (Fla.), Gary Palmer (Ala.), Bill Posey (Fla.), Scott Rigel (Va.), Marlin Stutzman (Ind.), Randy Weber (Texas), Daniel Webster (Fla.) and Ted Yoho (Fla.).
Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) voted present
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 8:40 AM
Oh Crap! Commander Zinke’s first time at the plate, “Strike One”. This was a great opportunity to show the country how Montanan’s view our current leadership. Does Congressman Zinke talk out of both sides of his mouth? Zinke says he’s the last one to vote, but yet Congressman Ted Yoho (FL), second to last, votes against Boehner and his poor leadership. Zinke says Americans need sound leadership, but yet Zinke votes for the inept leader. Red Alert Montanan’s; revaluate your contributions to Zinke’s program. He may be walking off the job in two years.
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