Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tea party leader: John Boehner should go - Jennifer Epstein - POLITICO.com
“You look like a fool,” Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips wrote in a post on the group’s website, directing his message at the Ohio Republican. “Charlie Sheen is now making more sense than John Boehner.”
Boehner “did not get the message” from the tea party movement demanding big cuts to federal spending, Phillips said, and “the honeymoon is over.” The movement should respond, he said, by finding “a candidate to run against John Boehner in 2012 and should set as a goal, to defeat in a primary, the sitting Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Boehner, Phillips said, needs to be bolder in his actions on federal spending. “Where are the calls for the cutting of ‘hundreds of billions?’ They certainly are not coming from Boehner. Boehner is simply going to the old tried and true Republican tactic of saying, ‘we promised you we would vote on it, and we did!’”
He continued: “No, John. You were not put in the Speaker’s chair simply to have votes and pat yourself on the back. You were put in the Speaker’s chair to do something.”
Boehner’s political communications director Cory Fritz declined to comment.