Well known conservative hardliner Representative Steve King (IA-4) announced publicly today that he will NOT vote for John Boehner to be Speaker of the House of Representatives this coming session.
This is not the first such public statement by GOPers in the House over the last few days (Representatives Gohmert and Yoho have also made similar statements this weekend), but King's maybe the most foreboding in several ways.
Firstly, for folks who haven't following my blog for very long, I have a VERY strong dislike for Representative King (to the be point he sometimes makes me embarrassed to be from the same state, but thankfully not my home district..). I do however, acknowledge that he does hold some sway within Iowa's conservative movement and is NOT to be under-estimated as a political opponent.
So why does his statement against current Speaker of the House John Boehner mean more than these previous statements?
Because of what state Mr. King represents: Iowa.
For better or worse, as a congressman from the first state in the nation where presidential contenders can come to duke it out, his opinion on certain matters could hold serious sway in the state's conservative movement and what better way to cement that strength than be among the first well-known congressman to come out AGAINST the GOP establishment in the upcoming vote for Speaker?
In other words, Rep. King wants conservatives to know that he is on the "right" side of political history.
In fact, his movement should succeed regardless of whether Rep. Boehner gets to keep his gavel or not. The fact he was among the first to say so shows he isn't just hopping on the bandwagon (which has been rolling for a week or so now...)
All this setting up for some potentially VERY interesting political news over the next few days..Stay tuned!
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