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Dick Armey Backs John Boehner for House Speaker

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Dick Armey, the former House majority leader and a key leader within the conservative Tea Party movement, tells Politics Daily that he has full confidence in House Minority Leader John Boehner to be the next speaker of the House if Republicans retake control of the chamber in November.

"I think he deserves his right to be tested on his own grounds and on his own terms and not be held accountable for the failings of the leadership team that went before him," Armey said. "He has proven himself to be a constitutional, small government conservative with reliable initiative in the past. I think he'll be that in the future if given a chance."

Conservative critics of Boehner have called him insufficiently conservative and worry that a man who has served in Congress since 1990 and in the Republican leadership for nine years cannot bring the change that's needed to Washington. Boehner led the Republican conference in the 104th and 105th congresses (from 1995 to 1998), but was tossed out of his leadership position in 1998 after the GOP lost several House seats. He did not serve in the GOP leadership again until 2006, when he was elected minority leader.

Armey said that painting Boehner as a consummate insider misreads history.

"Remember that John Boehner was in the Gang of Seven in 1992 that started the reform process and also was the guy, when the contract (with America) was starting, who wanted to put in a ban on earmarks."

The "Gang of Seven" was a group of seven Republican freshmen lawmakers who spoke out against ethical abuses among Democratic and Republican House members, including hundreds who had bounced checks at the House bank and many more who engaged in an illegal stamps-for-cash exchange with the House Post Office. Boehner is the only member of the Gang of Seven still in the House.

"If you look at John Boehner's history, John Boehner was active (in the House) entrepreneurially in 1994, and remained active," Armey said, comparing Boehner to a start-up business owner, and established Republican leaders to government paper-pushers. "But when the bureaucrats took over, they kicked John Boehner out. So John Boehner wasn't in our leadership when the Republican majority went bad. People miss that part of the history. The people who were in the leadership at that time are no longer in Congress."

With speculation occasionally swirling that Rep. Eric Cantor could challenge Boehner after the November elections, such a full-throated endorsement from Armey should go a long way for conservatives looking for their next leader in the House.


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ranvg

Bottom line is the democrats since 2006 have made a horrific mess of things and have overtaxed, overspent, oversized government, self indulged in their own special interest, and have arrogantly ignored the American people, the economy, and the unemployment crisis. They have done absolutely nothing for the nation and only made a bad situation worse. Boehner and a few other Republicans you can later deal with after the socialist liberal democrats are ousted out of power. But, the out of control democrats you cannot and the liberal socialist like it exactly that way. Shut down the voice of the American people and institute Big Government control over the masses is the DNC battle plan but the American people now have their own. Thanks but no thanks to the socialist dems and their disasterous Obama Change.

October 23 2010 at 8:07 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
copperkettle3

Dick Armey, the Great and Powerful Oz.

October 22 2010 at 9:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pttypinkley

Well of course he would!

October 22 2010 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
natureboy42

I'm sure Dick Armey doesn't want this new article to be read. It just came out. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/22/us/politics/22chamber.html?hp

October 21 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lahim

Since Boehner is from West Chester and we the people of the 8th District/West Chester weren't even interviewed for this article; maybe someone should visit with us and get our opinions. I have voted for and sent John Boehner to Congress since he first ran, but will NOT vote for him this year. He has been an absentee Rep for our district. All of the other congressmen went home to rally the troops and get their vote. Our good congressman hasn't been in his district. He is out campaigning for other congressman in other states. He thinks he has the election in the bag. He has refused to debate anyone who runs against him. He didn't do it the last election and when challenged this election, he said he didn't have any available time in the 3 months leading up to the election. He is not only a wolf in sheep's clothing, he doesn't respect the good people of the 8th district. He is insulting and arrogant. He was in town for 1 day and held a private meeting at a friends business where he bused in people who had invitations. Anyone else was turned away. The people of the 8th district aren't good enough to be invited to this meeting. He is not worth re-electing. John, He-- No, Time To Go.

October 21 2010 at 8:09 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

People this is tiresome. One party gets in and wants to do things their way. The other party gets in and wants to do things their way. We have seen over the decades the same thing like a ping pong rally. Enough. Why can't we sit down and work out a "system" like they do in business. Where we are, where we are going, etc. Every four to eight years we have new people in charge of agencies. For somoe of them it takes at least a year to figure out their job or their agency. Enough let's go back to placing administrators or commissioners in these jobs that have some kind of continuum who can tackle their agency's budget and work within it and eliminate the waste. Too many intelligence agencies, training programs, etc. We need an overseer of the agencies to cut the waste. We need an overseer of congress who can eliminate this new partisanship crap.

October 21 2010 at 7:31 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
aztjb

Who cares who Dick Armey backs???.....He's a corporate backed henchman, mascarading as a someone involved in a "grass roots" movement, someone distorting the facts for his, or his benefactors own purposes..... Plus, as policticans go, he's one of the most poorly spoken public figures to ever come out of Texas, and that's saying alot given the rest of the dolts that state has produced.....Once again, this represents another instance where the public needs more unbiased clarity from the media on what's actually happening to sway our electorate, whether it's coming from the right, or the left....It's nearly impossible to find any facts in the rhetoric spewing from either MSNBC, or FOX....which tragically, many take as gospel....It's a sad commentary to have someone like Mr. Armey (and the list of names goes on and on) being quoted, instead of being investigated for the fraud that he is, or they are....

October 21 2010 at 11:40 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
James A

John Boehner is out of his depth, as Dick Armey is out of office. Neither man speaks to me or for me. I am a Tea Party Republican. I want fresh leadership, not stale leadership that wants to walk across the aisle and compromise whatever principles the Republicans retain after 2 November. If Boehner and McConnell do not produce in 6 months, they will be demoted to the ranks to a non-com. And if the next round of leadership is ineffective after 6 months, they will be demoted. Congressional old ways and achaic rules are out. Time to rise to the level of the Consitituion and Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. As of this moment the GOP is down on its luck. The bright spot is the Tea Party, the patriots of 1773 and beyond.

October 21 2010 at 8:45 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
nnanciejean

Anybody will be better than pelosi who thinks that jobs are created by giving out food stamps. But what can you expect when her boss travels throughout the 57 states?

October 21 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
chirho33

Well, if your idea of an "effective leader" is a chain-smoking, tanning bed-addicted, alcoholic. Perhaps we need a big republicon win in November just so Americans can be brutally reminded as to why republicons will pick-up where they left off in November 2008 and continue their wholesale destruction of the Great American Experiment in Democracy. Just make sure you all have your passports handy. Once the Tea-Party extremists take over, all bets are off as to how long it will be before they establish their theocratic dictatorship.

October 21 2010 at 6:39 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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