Tea Partyers to House GOP: Go Faster on ‘Fast and Furious’ Probe

Monday, 12 Mar 2012 04:37 PM

By Dan Weil

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Local tea partyers are turning up the heat on House Republicans to move faster on investigating the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking operating that ended with the death of a border patrol agent.

The sluggish pace of the probe has galvanized tea party activists to action in the home districts of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., The Hill reports.

The tea party groups say their representatives should be fighting harder against President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder on the issue. Dayton Tea Party President David Lewis, who ran unsuccessfully against Boehner in the Ohio GOP primary this month, is one of those urging him to do more.

“At a minimum I would like to see the speaker be very vocal about this scandal, because there are people who are dead because of it, and I think Mr. Boehner should be calling for possible criminal prosecution of Mr. Holder,” Lewis told The Hill. “It seems like there’s so much public outcry right now. I think he needs to be much more vocal, and Mr. Holder needs to be held accountable for his actions or his inactions to foresee this debacle that happened.”


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