House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is up for re-election along with the rest of his House colleagues this year, and conservatives jaded by his penchant for playing politics down the middle are mobilizing a search for a conservative candidate to defeat him in the GOP primary.
The Tea Party Leadership Fund, among the Nation’s largest and best-organized conservative political action committees, announced Friday it was sponsoring a search for a suitable Ohio candidate to oust Boehner from Congress.
“John Boehner has declared war on conservatives demanding lower taxes and limited government. Today we declare war on him. We intend to send a message to his fellow ‘Republicans In Name Only’ that such ideologically bankrupt leadership must come to an end,” said spokesman Rusty Humphries.
The Fund is backing the campaign to rid of Boehner by launching a petition drive at primaryboehner.com, with a goal of reaching 1 million signatures by Jan. 31. It’s also buying print and television ads to promote the effort.
Breitbart reports the group is confident of its chances, thanks to a poll that reflects half of Ohio voters’ desire for more conservative representation in Congress. But the clock is ticking, since candidates have until Feb. 5 to file their paperwork for the May 6 primary election.
The Fund lists several grievances with Boehner, including his tacit support for the “funding of Obamacare” and his idle complicity in Congressional Democrats’ victory in October’s debt ceiling fight. They’re not happy about his stance on amnesty for illegal aliens and his open hostility toward the Republican Party’s most conservative members.