Democrats have vowed to support House Speaker John Boehner if conservative Republics stage a coup to remove him from the top slot. This week, Boehner was accused by Tea Party-leaning Republicans of capitulation in the face of the Obama administration and Democrats to fund the Department of Homeland Security without actually reversing the president’s executive orders on immigration. According to several media sources, Republicans are openly considering to challenge Boehner because the Ohio Republican voted for the DHS funding even though two-thirds of his confreres voted against it.
Seventy-five Republicans joined the entire Democratic caucus in voting in favor of the legislation.
In an article at The Hill, Rep. Bill Pascrell (R-NJ) said "I'd probably vote for Boehner [because] who the hell is going to replace him? [Ted] Yoho?" He was referring to Florida who has criticized Boehner in the past. "In terms of the institution, I would rather have John Boehner as the speaker than some of these characters who came here thinking that they're going to change the world." For her part, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) said she does not intend to get involved in an intra-party struggle.
Several Democrats said that they oppose replacing Boehner. Among them are Reps. Raul Grijalva, Jim McGovern, and Gerry Connolly. Connolly said it would present a “real existential dilemma” for Democrats since normally they would want to take out a GOP speaker but now worry about Congress as an institution. McGovern said, “…I think that the crazy Tea Party type would probably not be willing to work with us on anything. “
This week, 167 Republicans voted against the "clean" bill funding Homeland Security, despite Boehner’s calls for support. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) asked if now is not the right time to fight for immigration reform, “when are we going to fight?" Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who chairs the Freedom Caucus, said no effort to unseat Boehner is currently being contemplated. “That's not the point,” Jordan said on CNN's “State of the Union” program. “The point is to do what we told the voters we were going to do and do it in a way that's consistent with the United States Constitution.” He has frequently criticized Boehner in the past on immigration.
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the Democratic whip, cited Jordan’s comments and said that while there are disgruntled Republicans talking about a coup, he predicted that no such effort will materialize. “It's not going to happen,” Hoyer said this week.
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