Monday, November 19, 2012

Bob Goodlatte pressured to oppose Speaker Boehner’s reappointment.

Roanoke City Republican Committee Chair John Brill is encouraging committee members to call Congressman Goodlatte to convince him that it is necessary that House Speaker John Boehner be replaced. Brill indicated that prior to the 6th District Committee meeting on November 10 Goodlatte indicated he would not press for Boehner’s replacement.

Former Republican City Chair Adam Boitnott said in an email that though he’d “love to see Bob in the role he is not interested. This simply puts him in a bad position that is not helpful toward moving America in the right direction.”

Chris Walters another former Roanoke City Committee Chair felt the same way saying in an email, “I do not agree with the ultimatum.”

It’s unclear whether Goodlatte will bow to the pressure leaving him vulnerable to an intraparty challenge in two years. What is clear is that the tea party influence has infiltrated the 6th District Republican Committee. This lends itself to speculation that a tea party candidate could be the nominee for Republicans in the next election. The question is would Goodlatte run as an independent? Would there be a Democratic challenger making it a three man race?

An unquestionable safe Republican seat could be in jeopardy and result in a repeat of 2012 Senate and Congressional seat loses for the Republicans.


“Dear Congressman Goodlatte,

The framers of the Constitution of the United States wisely instituted the division of powers, not merely to enable specialization of the respective commissions, but primarily to limit the powers of each community. Under the influence of both Christian thought and the abysmal historical precedents of foreign nations, they recognized the tendency even of the best of men to secure to themselves unlimited and unjust authority, and to employ it for the purpose of enslaving the masses. The authors judiciously embraced their moral obligation by including this mechanism (division of powers) for the simple frustration of such tyrannical efforts.

The imposition of Obamacare against the wishes of the people is an unequivocal expression of  the anticipated tyrannical powers. Yet even though every member of the House of representatives is aware of his ability to thwart this measure, no such effort of protection is forthcoming. Apparently few enough care more about the people they purport to represent than about their own political aspirations.

Speaker Boehner has called for “Repeal and Replace,” all the while he has been fully cognizant of the fact that the Senate and the President would not concur with him. Such disingenuous acts are intended to defraud the people while leading them to believe he is fighting for their cause. His unwillingness to lead the effort to de-fund Obama’s healthcare, a truly feasible mechanism for restraining this tyranny, is a conscious dereliction of duty. His recent commitment to active pursuit of its funding, coupled with his capitulation on the issue of amnesty and his agreement to raise taxes are acts that are nothing short of treasonous to our interests and our security.

Therefore, we are writing to notify you of our unwillingness to accept such representation; to demand that you oppose the selection of Mr. Boehner as speaker for the next session; that you only select a representative who is willing to engage fully in battle against Obamacare and the many other imprudent and unconstitutional efforts of the Obama administration, and that our future support for you is contingent upon your efforts to lead the fight to deny President Obama every unconstitutional measure, and that this must be done without excuse.

Passed unanimously, this 10th day of November, 2012

The Sixth Congressional District Republican Committee of Virginia”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (8)


November 19th, 2012 at 7:58 PM    

why do u what Congressman bob Goodlatte, he does nothing for no one i have call him for help so many times i be rich for every dime i have call him for help he dont help no one. would not help my sons with there ssi and medicaid that they need so no way would i vote for him no way.he only helps him self.

Bill McClure

November 19th, 2012 at 8:01 PM    

I have voted against Goodlatte for the last 6 election cycles. I am a conservative at heart, but will not vote for a liar. Goodlatte ran on term limits, even pledged to limit his own. He never did! I hope someone does run against him that will not lie, and stays true to principals. I don’t think your side has a lock yet though.


November 20th, 2012 at 2:50 AM    

A little early but who would you like to see run against Goodlatte?

Bubba Greene

November 22nd, 2012 at 10:31 AM    

Well, Val, How about you? Also gotta add this…to “d”. Sounds like you are wearing out the good congressman. Personal intervention into personal problems are really NOT what any elected official is supposed to do. Some exceptions, of course. Pardon me for this conclusion but sounds and looks to me like you and sons need to stop looking for the govt to take care of you. And Bill, I gotta add something here about political lies. All politicians do it. BUT sometimes what they may pledge to do simply becomes an unattainable goal. When do you just put the issue aside for more important things and more attainable objectives? Just wondering, naturally.


November 23rd, 2012 at 1:12 AM    


Speaker Boehner walked back his “it’s the law of the land” when asked if the House would still attempt repeal Obamacare. But to retain his Speakership he was read the riot act. “If you want to continue to be Speaker of the House, John, you will have to renege on that fiscal compromise crap you’ve been spewing. It isn’t going over too well with our base.” I’m sure Goodlatte was not the only congressman getting pressure to sign the “no compromise” pledge from the extreme right.
The Op-Ed appears in Cincinnati where he says “Repeal of the president’s health care law is critically important to the economic future of our country.”

Bubba Greene

November 23rd, 2012 at 8:40 AM    

Val: You are much more tuned in to looking for flaws in political things, esp on the part of Republicans so I’ll not attempt to match wits HOWEVER…

I take the law of the land comment to be nothing more than a statement of fact, unfortunately. Subsequent consideration then moves to the budget and in that dialogue I took the comments I recall attributed to the good speaker as pretty wise. And my conclusion from those comments is let’s just get into the detail and see what the costs and benefits are. Face it, even our hero Mitt said there were some good points to it. Work with the good, toss out the bad. All seems rather reasonable to me.


November 23rd, 2012 at 7:44 PM    

Though we would almost certainly disagree on what needs fixing in the ACA, we do agree it needs some tweaking.

I still say Boehner backpedaled at least rhetorically to appease congressman like Goodlatte who are under pressure from tea party types not yet willing to concede defeat. Heck, there are those still yelling voter fraud, secession and believe the U.S. is doomed.

I’ll be watching closely to see who caves to what as “compromise” takes hold.

Bubba Greene

November 24th, 2012 at 9:11 AM    

Hard to characterize “tweaking” as a need for such a costly and controversial program. What is needed is a totally new approach and naturally, I know what it is.
As to “compromise” I have come to understand the actual meaning of the word. In politics “compromise” means the one with the biggest club forces the one who stands on principal and values to abandon their position. Obama won through his give away program and even you libs know it but it’s worth noting that his popular margin was smaller this time than last. I have already encouraged my representatives to stand firm and let it fall where it may. Giving in to liberal pressure has NO positive implications. They lose on the one hand by being blamed for consequences or on the other by having the opposition remind the voters they were compelled to go along but really did not want to. The US is not really “doomed” but what has faded from our national mentality is liberty and the idea that we can make it if we try. We have passed the point of no return but it did not happen with this single election alone. Your liberal to the core behavior has killed the single thing that made the US unique. I don’t feel politics as such has really ever destroyed a nation but economics has and we are economically defeated. You libs have made class war a full time feature of US national politics. In time you will run out of “rich” people and then dig deeper down the well for more revenue. That’s when things will really get interesting. I think the term is civil unrest on a national scale more like we see in Europe but even more widespread and violent. I probably won’t live to see it, unfortunately.

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