Skip to comments.Bipartisan Group May Launch Dingell-for-Speaker Protest Vote Tuesday
Posted on 01/06/2009 6:55:52 AM PST by Zakeet
A group of Republicans and Democrats may vote for Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell to be the new House speaker in shows of defiance against their own party's leadership.
A number of Republicans and some Democrats are considering a protest vote against Nancy Pelosi for House speaker when lawmakers convene Tuesday afternoon to launch the 111th Congress, FOX News has learned.
Once the House is sworn in, one of its first orders of business is to elect a speaker, a vote taken by the entire Congress.
The vote usually goes along party lines. Pelosi will run for the Democrats while Republicans were expected to nominate House Minority Leader John Boehner.
But some lawmakers of both parties are mulling a protest against their leaders and are considering casting their vote for the most senior member of the House, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.
Dingell first took office in 1955 and is the second-longest serving U.S. representative in history.
House sources offered FOX News a number of reasons why some Democrats and Republicans might vote for Dingell.
Firstly, it would give moderate and conservative Democrats from marginal districts some political space between them and the more liberal Pelosi.
Secondly, many House moderates are upset that the House Democratic Caucus unceremoniously ousted Dingell from his chairmanship of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee in favor of the more liberal Henry Waxman, a Pelosi disciple.
Thirdly, it would be highly unlikely for any Republicans to vote for Pelosi but some conservative Republicans have considered a protest vote against Boehner. He presided over two bloodbath elections for Republicans and while no GOPer has emerged as a strong enough alternative to be the minority leader, some might vote for Dingell as a clear statement of disapproval of Boehner.
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Rats already getting a little nervous about the 2010 election?
Very interesting chess move if the GOP has the balls. If you had to have a Dem he’s not a bad choice. Great 2A credentials.
Why waste any votes on Boehner, who could not win anyway. The pubbies ought to all vote for Dingleberry and send Pelosi packing. Who knows, maybe the Dingle would appreciate this.
I’m with that. Dingle is a far, far preferable candidate to the nazi Pelosi. Still a rat but excellent on Second Amendment issues.
—at least , while they are engaging in silliness such as this, they’re not doing anything too harmful-—
It would be delicious to see a coalition of Republicans and angry Democrats oust Pelosi. HA HA!
It'd be nice to b-slap Nazi Peelousy. Would Dingleberry take it if offered? 'Rat party loyalty is legendary. Dingleberry might refuse it just to avoid pissing off his caucus members.
This would actually be an excellent move for the Republicans, if they could get enough democrats to go along with it.
What’s the point in Republicans voting for their own republican leader who has no chance of winning anyway.
Note this is what the Texas house is trying to do, the democrats got together with a few republicans to pick a moderate republican over the conservative who currently runs their house.