Skip to comments.HOUSE GOP LEADERS PURGED CONSERVATIVES USING SECRET CRITERIA LIST
Posted on 12/04/2012 6:29:13 PM PST by neverdem
House Republican leaders used a secret criteria list to decide which conservatives to purge from powerful House committees, Breitbart News has learned. As this time, it appears they will keep the criteria list hidden from the public, too. Spokespeople for members of House GOP leadership have refused to discuss details about the list on the record with press.
Because GOP Leadership won't discuss the list, its unclear what specific criteria the list contained and how much of a role it played in the conservative purge. Its also unclear which member of House Republican leadership initiated this process.
In remarks to the Heritage Foundations Bloggers Briefing on Tuesday, Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp confirmed the existence of such a list.
Weve heard from multiple sources that someone walked in with a list of votes and said if you didnt reach a particular scorecard of what was considered the right vote which by the way, in most cases, was not the conservative position then [they said] were going to have to remove you from the committee, Huelskamp said.
All that took place behind closed doors, which is again a problem with Washington, D.C. whether its the budget negotiations, whether its everything else, its usually done behind closed doors," he explained. "I think, as conservatives, this is where we can win: Weve got to be willing and able to talk about things in public instead of being afraid of actual public scrutiny.
Huelskamp later told Breitbart News he thinks House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Whip Kevin McCarthy owe it to the American people to be transparent about this decision making process and that they should publicly release the list.
In the name of transparency and openness, they most certainly should release the criteria, Huelskamp said in...
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Anyone who thinks these folks are good upstanding citizens should have been living in Iowa the past 10 months. These Paulbots have been making our lives miserable and they've nearly bankrupted RPI. They lie in the process of doing their dirty work.
I sent this link to a couple of friends and their reaction was they are glad leadership got rid of them.
There is deep resentment toward the Ron Paul faction here in Iowa.
tell the conservative reps not to vote for him for Speaker
he has about as much chance of losing a primary as he did this year
You are the enemy and you we have to fight.
Folks, the more I read about this, the more it looks like a diversion.
The gop is a failed political party. The sooner it’s buried and forgotten, the better.
The Divorce is coming.
Yup. And do you want to be a part of that which wants to survive, or be a part of the suicide pact?
Not only were some conservatives, but libertarians also were shut out.
I took that to mean that the leaders were preparing to return the president's smash mouth style in kind and they wanted a rock solid group behind them. Chairmen that can keep control and avoid any freelancing by members trying to make a name for themselves.
Not leadership Bullyship And shortsighted Somehow I don’t see the GOP holding on to its majority for very long.
Oh great, secret lists now from the GOP-E. What’s next, secret star chambers?
The GOP had no soul. If they keep purging anyone who has one they are doomed.
If you lived in Iowa, you would understand. Tell you what, go to theiowarepublican.com and start reading. This has been going on for 10 months. It’s been ugly. I found it to be quite the coincidence that these folks are also Ron Paul supporters.
I’m wonder what scandal they have on him?
Democrats have souls, they are deceived and they are headed fir hell but at least they have a soul. These Boehner Republicans are just zombies,
I realize there are a number of Freepers here who have issues with Paul and believe some of the issues he advocates are dangerous for the peasants. But keep in mind that this purge was excluded to committees that shape the budget. When you consider Pauls ideas on finance it should provide a fairly good clue what Boehner has in mind here.
Don’t condescend to me. If you weren’t such a fool you would understand.
Bonehead forgets what happened to Tom Daschle.
Republicans thought they had Conservative votes too, ignored us and lost to Obama. How quick the GOPe forget history.
“conservatives no longer have any representation”
I don’t know if they have the numbers, but if the “true conservative” members of the House provide the GOP with the majority, they need to play hardball with Boner and tell him if he doesn’t restore the assignments, they will refrain from any voting until such time as Boner capitulates.
These people are Gullible Gusses. The Tea Party is targeted for ridicule; conservatives are targeted for ridicule, Alinsky style. True to form, the RINO’s fall all over themselves agreeing with Obama and Reid. - It’s a pity Congress seems to be just a Good Ol’ Boys’ & Girls’ Club; spending money like pouring it out of a boot.
Stop blaming Ron Paul for Boehner’s purge. Attacking him and his supporters is self-defeating.
He’s been in DC 20 years. Bonehead is too dumb to be squeaky clean.
I don’t know what’s out there. However, I am sure he has some bones
In his closet.
I am only asking for patience before jumping to conclusions and there is another point of view.