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New Book: House Freshmen Created Chaos for Boehner, GOP Leaders

Monday, 23 Apr 2012 01:59 PM

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The freshman tea party class that propelled the GOP into majority status in the House of Representatives repeatedly clashed with the Republican leadership over how far and how quickly to advance their agenda, a new book reveals, The Washington Post reported.

The book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do” by Robert Draper, is to be published this week. It is based on interviews with more than 50 House members as well as senior aides. It paints a portrait of a freshman class that rebelled from the onset, creating havoc during talks to raise the debt ceiling, and sparking feuds between House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other GOP House leaders, the Post reported.

The battles became so bad that last fall some freshmen requested an end to the group's weekly meetings because they had turned into shouting matches that included loud criticism of House leadership, according to the Post's account of Draper's book.

“You’ve created a monster,” Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., warned House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the book reports, according to the Post. Ellmers was elected to the House in 2010.

According to the book, many freshmen viewed Republican leaders warily. “I didn’t come to Washington to be part of a team,” Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, told the author, according to the Post’s account.


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