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Rep. Walter Jones: Boehner 'Fine Person,' Not 'True Policy Leader'

By    |   Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:04 AM

Ousting House Speaker John Boehner from his post is a long shot, but worth the effort, according to Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina.

On Newsmax TV's “America’s Forum” Tuesday, Jones discussed tea party Republicans fight to wrest control from Boehner, who Jones characterized as “a very fine person” but not a “true policy leader.”

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Jones derided the speaker for failing to make good on repeated promises to post proposed legislation online for at least 72 hours before it came to the House floor for a vote.

“That has not happened and that was proven on this cromnibus bill that we passed five weeks ago,” referring to the $1.014 trillion budget bill that funds the federal government.

Boehner has faced criticism from his party’s most conservative members that he has not been a strong enough leader in opposing the president on issues like immigration and the budget.

Jones said he has no qualms about voting his conscious and has no worries about retribution from Boehner or others.

“When a man or woman cannot vote their conscious, they don't need to be here,” he said. “If this place is going to be controlled by one man and dictated to by one man, all we need is puppets up here, so they can have strings on their hands and they can lift their hands and put them back down. If that's what this democracy is about, then there is no democracy.”

Tea party Republican Reps. Louis Gohmert of Texas and Ted Yoho of Florida planned to challenge Boehner for the Speaker's gavel when the 114th Congress convened at noon Tuesday.

There are other House members who were considering casting a vote against the speaker but who have not yet said so publicly, according to Jones.

“Some members who haven't said anything publicly who are a possibility of voting no on Boehner and who really do not like his leadership or they're concerned about his lack of leadership,” he said.

“We've got an outside chance. I'm just saying this because there's a lot of frustration. When you call out a different name on the floor of the House, you've got to have the strength to do it.”

Jones said when it’s his turn to call out a name on the House floor, he plans to “call out Dan Webster from Florida. He's a good man, but I could vote for anyone other than Boehner.”

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