Skip to comments.Ted Cruz, House Republicans Meet in Secret at Tortilla Coast (on Capitol Hill)
Posted on 10/14/2013 9:16:36 PM PDT by kristinn
Sen. Ted Cruz met with roughly 15 to 20 House Republicans for roughly two hours late Monday night at the Capitol Hill watering hole Tortilla Coast.
The group appeared to be talking strategy about how they should respond to a tentative Senate deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling without addressing Obamacare in a substantive way, according to sources who witnessed the gathering. The Texas Republican senator and many of House Republicans in attendance had insisted on including amendments aimed at dismantling Obamacare in the continuing resolution that was intended to avert the current shutdown.
Sources said the House Republicans meeting in the basement of Tortilla Coast with Cruz were some of the most conservative in the House: Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Steve King of Iowa, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Raúl Labrador of Idaho, Steve Southerland of Florida, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and Justin Amash of Michigan.
The group is a collection of members who have often given leadership headaches in recent years by opposing both compromise measures as well as packages crafted by fellow Republicans. And, it seems, leadership unwittingly became aware of the meetup.
While the dinner meeting was held in a private basement room, the group was spotted by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who was dining with some other members, including Gregg Harper, R-Miss. McCarthy is a regular at the Capitol Hill watering hole, and a source said he seemed particularly interested in what the group was up to.
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Peter King is going to raging maaaad.
GO Senator Cruz!!!!!
Don’t do it. Lucy will pull the football away again
Interesting as Tom seems to be keeping his powder dry as he runs for the Senate (had a Juan endorsement for his House run)....
“and a source said he seemed particularly interested in what the group was up to.”
Stay the hell out of our affairs, Whiplash. You’re a nobody.
Cruz has been given the torch now, and if necessary, we’ll decapitate the entire House leadership with primary threats for swing members.
Glad to see conservatives getting together to discuss what our next move is. Surrounded by traitors 24/7, it must be good to get away and be among like-minded people.
He’s playing his cards right.
Hahaha. Roll Call is so pathetic...this reads like a bad spy novel..Kevin McCarthy was particularly interested in what they had to say...didnt it occur to Roll Call that Cruz met here on purpose so that everyone could see them in the “popular watering hole”?...I love how Ted just keeps poking these squishes right in the eye...
Thats a lot of talent.
Hope he’s convincing them to send a passable, though conservative, debt lmit bill to the Senate.
Fight on !
I’ve eaten there.
The chips and salsa are excellent.
From Cruz’s standpoint it seems difficult to disagree with the filibuster point that the article makes, especially considering that the Oct. 17 deadline would seem to be a Pyrrhic victory since major federal payments are reportedly not due until Nov. 1. If this is correct, then the House could in theory deliberate on any Senate bill and bat the ball back to the Senate on Halloween eve. What is good for the goose...
So what was McCarthy's secret meeting about?
Ron Johnson didn't vote with Cruz, but with Dingy.
" The deal that is materializing in the Senate is one that Cruz and his House compatriots are unlikely to endorse. But it appears to be one that can pass both chambers with bipartisan support.
" Of course, Cruz and his allies in the Senate could decide to attempt a filibuster of the deal, but doing so would likely push any Senate vote on final passage past the Thursday deadline to raise the debt ceiling. That would mean Cruz and his allies would bear the brunt of any political consequences that might come from a default, including a potential dramatic downturn in the stock market and/or the world economy. Conversely, allowing the deal to move through the Senate without a fight could cost Cruz his pugnacious conservative credentials.
" But from the genesis of the fight to link government funding to defunding Obamacare, Cruz has primarily tried to keep the pressure on, and the fight in, the House."
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I think he can be co-opted. He’s pretty solid on a lot of issues (actually tested, unlike Johnson).
Going to this meeting (when he could just as easily not have) may be a sign that he sees which way the wind is blowing.
Tom Cotton is probably reporting back the details of the meeting
directly to McCain.
One can only hope...
More likely Cotton attended to report directly back to McCain.
I doubt it. Any connection to McCain at this point in time is toxic for a Republican, especially one running for a red state seat.
Cruz looked up, noticed McCarthy staring in from the other room, and got up from the table to close the door.
88mm In-coming bigtime Flak right now from the center of Extortion-Care. Straight in or it’s all over.
Who says you have to have a “connection” with McCain to pass on details
of what was discussed at a meeting to him or one of his staff members?
Push it past the 17th just to show Obie and the Dems for the liars they are (again).
Things like that can get out, like McConnell’s ‘traitor’ comment. That comment has probably lost him 10 points in the primary.
“Hahaha. Roll Call is so pathetic...this reads like a bad spy novel..Kevin McCarthy was particularly interested in what they had to say...didnt it occur to Roll Call that Cruz met here on purpose so that everyone could see them in the popular watering hole?...I love how Ted just keeps poking these squishes right in the eye...”
That was exactly the thought I had reading this! Cruz is tweaking the House Leadership head on. I love this guy!
In the basement? =)
I believe our guys *wanted* to be seen, or they wouldn’t have been. This is encouraging news.
McCain - the Marshal Pétain of the Vichy Republicans.
Senator Ted Cruz, House Majority Leader. I like it. If he's helping the conservative House members plan anything, I'd like to think it's the overthrow of Boehner.
Someone should have been seen carrying a file marked: -CLASSIFIED- IMPEACHMENT LIST
Levin had him on last Thursday give it a listen to see how much of a worm Johnson is. He sounded like a democratic talking point specialist.
Dig the comments under the article. The leftys are in hysteria.
I love this govt slowdown and I don’t want it to end.
<...”I believe our guys *wanted* to be seen, or they wouldnt have been”....>
I tend to think so as well.... There’s a great deal of ‘political posturing’ going on now at any given moment and place throughout DC and otherwise. Much is show to one side or the other as well as to distract and confuse either side.
Bottom line still remains that Obamacare cannot be funded for the long term....especially now that the “Navigators” have resorted to “Hard copy” (Paper forms) enrollment because they are so desperate to sign people up. Which by the way won’t work because theirs no program to work with paper enrollment anyway.....what Jerks these people are!
Someone in the meeting with Cruz is a Judas who will report back to Boehner. That’s how politics usually works with one faction sending pretenders (spies) into the meetings of the other.
McCarthy is a traitor. All those meeting with Cruz who give the leadership headaches should be ousting the leadership.
McCarthy was there for the booze. He’s an alcoholic. I don’t know that but what the hell.
Have you read the comments there?!
A “secret” meeting at Tortilla Coast?!?!?
The place is literally a block away from the Cannon House Office Building, caddy-corner to the Capitol South Metro Station and across the Street from the RNC (plus around the corner from the DNC).
It’s ALWAYS packed in the evenings with Congressional staff.
I can’t think of a more conspicuous place to have a get together, if one is actively trying to get noticed.
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t Roll Call supposed to be somewhat center right? Doesn’t Fred Barnes work for them?
The comments are the the talk of insane maniacs.
No kidding...they are saying the same things about Cruz that 'birthers' say about Zero. Hysterical, indeed.
Send out an evite.
You and everybody you know are cordially invited to a secret meeting at Smith & Wollensky on 49th and 3rd. Tell your friends it’s a secret.
Don’t tell Kevin McCarthy. He’s banned anyway. He pissed all over the bar in the grill, the last time Notre Dame lost.
If you're going to have a secret meeting then why are you holding it at one of the restaurants closest to the Capitol and one which all your fellow Senators and Congressmen go to?
Fred Barnes is the Executive Editor for the Weekly Standard.
Roll Call bills themselves as nonpartisan (and you know what that usually means).
Big difference between a PRIVATE meeting and secret meeting.
When 20 congress critters meet in a public bar, have dinner and drinks in a separate room it is a PRIVATE MEETING.
When 20 congress critters, meet in a private home, and NO ONE ELSE knows about it, it is a SECRET MEETING.
Yeah. That’s right. He used to do that show with Mort Kondrake. Mort always struck me as a reasonable left of center guy. They used to exist I guess. Mort worked for Roll Call.
I’m getting tired of never seeing my own rep mentioned, and wondering where he is.