Chocola Says Boehner Made ‘Big Mistake’ in Pulling Committee Assignments

Wednesday, 05 Dec 2012 07:15 PM

By Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter

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Club for Growth President Chris Chocola says it’s a “big mistake” for House Speaker John Boehner to remove several conservative from committee seats — although their removal could prove to be “good news” in the end.

Boehner this week removed Representatives Tim Huelskamp and Justin Amash from the Budget Committee and Representatives Walter Jones and David Schweikert from the Financial Services Committee, supposedly for bucking party leadership on spending and budget issues.

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Huelskamp, Amash, and Schweikert were elected in 2010 with support from the tea party.

“It’s a big mistake for the speaker to do that,” Chocola tells Newsmax TV.

“Three of the four, other than Walter Jones, were Club for Growth-endorsed candidates. They’ve served as champions of economic freedom and if they’re going to be punished for standing up for what’s right and taking the problems that we face seriously by voting against bigger government, more spending, bigger debt, and deficits, then that’s the exactly wrong message to send.

“The good news is that they are now free of all the last vestiges of the Republican establishment. We expect them to have an even more pro-growth record in the future. It would be hard to do because they’ve been great so far. But the good news is if everyone that is going to stand up and vote a pro-growth message gets punished by leadership, then leadership doesn’t matter much.

“You hate to give up your committee assignment but you have a vote on the floor and you have the ability to influence policy in many different ways. They’re the exact kind of members of Congress we should have and what Speaker Boehner did is exactly the wrong way to handle it.”

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