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Newsmax Panelists Spar Over Move to Oust Speaker Boehner

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 09:08 PM

The procedural move Wednesday by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows to remove House Speaker John Boehner from his leadership post was "more of a publicity stunt than a real attempt to oust the speaker," former Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Walker told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"He put it in as an unprivileged motion," Walker, the former Republican chief deputy whip, told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "The fact is vacating the chair can be done as a privileged motion, which means that it has to come to the floor.

"He did it without privilege, which meant that it gets sent to the rules committee and the rules committee can simply not take it up," he said.

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But David Bossie, president of Citizens United, disagreed, saying the two-term congressman moved "purposefully and very thoughtfully."

"Mark Meadows is a very smart and conscientious member of Congress, and he would like all members to be able to vote their conscience," he said. "The leadership was whipping votes yesterday because they wanted to call it up out of the rules committee yesterday, vote on it, embarrass Mark Meadows, and put it to rest.

"They found out they didn't have the votes — and so that was a very important step yesterday, a big victory for conservatives," Bossie said.

Meadows has long opposed Boehner's leadership. He joined with 25 others Republicans and voted against granting the Ohio congressman a third term in January. Meadows was also among 34 GOP members who voted against a procedural motion on trade in June.

He was stripped of his chairmanship of a House subcommittee for his role in the trade vote — a move Boehner endorsed — but reinstated after much rancor by other House Republicans.

"It's very troubling when the Republican leadership is going out and finding, recruiting and funding primary opponents for incumbents," Bossie told Hayworth. "We're going to be trying to protect those members. We're going to be doing that.

"John Boehner has been driving people away from him," he added, predicting that "this is coming to a head" when the House returns from its August recess after Labor Day.

Walker said that he never recalled House leaders specifically targeting members of its leadership team in the 20 years he served on Capitol Hill.

He cautioned, however, that "when you're in the majority, the team does have some responsibility to stick together to maintain that majority.

"Too many times, some of the people who are dissidents on this have acted like they're in the minority rather than the majority," Walker told Hayworth. "You and I were there under both. It's better to be in the majority."

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