WASHINGTON (AP/STAFF) — Despite a small revolt among the Republican rank and file, John Boehner has easily been re-elected as speaker of the House. It happened yesterday as the 113th Congress took power. Tyler Republican Louie Gohmert didn’t vote for Boehner. He cast his vote for former Florida Congressman Allen West.
According to Gohmert, “As this nation continues plunging deeper and deeper into debt every minute of every day, I could not cast a vote for ‘business as usual.’ With so many talented, brilliant members of Congress, it certainly seems that seven years after our current leader was elected Majority Leader and with our goals now even farther away, it is time for a change from ‘business as usual.’ Since the Constitution does not require the Speaker of the House to be a Member of the current Congress, my vote for Allen West was for a man who knows how to stand for principle and has always been faithful to those he was entrusted to protect.”