Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey gave a full-throated endorsement to House Minority Leader John Boehner to be the next speaker of the House if Republicans take over the chamber after the midterm elections, Politics Daily reported
. "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," says Armey, chairman of FreedomWorks and a leader in the conservative tea party movement.
"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," Politics Daily quotes Armey as saying.
Armey said Boehner, who been in Congress since 1990, is not the consummate insider many believe him to be, noting that Boehner was in the Gang of Seven in 1992 that started the reform process against ethical abuses and earmarks.
"If you look at John Boehner's history, John Boehner was active entrepreneurially [in the House] in 1994 and remained active," Armey said. "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."
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