In 2015, 25 Republican members of congress had the courage to stand up against Boehner. (Well, sadly as you will see it was really only 24)
So of those that had the courage to fight against Boehner and the establishment leadership, who have they been endorsing? Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.
First, why does it matter? (I’ve heard it said that a skunk recognizes other skunks by their smell)
Members of each body know who the real conservatives are and the ones who are just pretending to fool voters.
So if a candidate is really conservative and really opposes the establishment, those who fought the establishment will know.
And those who support the establishment, well, they know whom to support too.
So who did the people who opposed the establishment support? And who did the establishment types support?
The answer is that Ted Cruz has received 26 endorsements by House members. Of these 26 endorsements:
- 8 of Ted Cruz’s House endorsers voted to remove John Boehner as speaker:
Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Steve King (R-Iowa), and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)
What about Marco Rubio? Marco has received 38 endorsements by House members. Of these 38 endorsements, only 1 voted to remove John Boehner as speaker:
Scott Rigell (R-VA).
Who is Rigell vote and why did he vote against Boehner? Wait for it…
Is Rigell a staunch conservative? NO. Rigell’s rating from the Heritage Foundation is 40% (OUCH!!)
Where does that rank Rigell compared to the other House and Senate members Heritage rated? 258th.
Rigell is ranked below John McCain (51% rating) and Mitch McConnell (45%)!!
So why then did Rigell vote against John Boehner for speaker. It appears he didn’t like the Congressional work calendar.
From Time magazine:
For his part, Rigell’s vote was “simply [a] connection between the calendar and the appropriations bills.” He wants a Speaker which would cancel extended breaks like the summer recess.
- The House members who support the Republican establishment support Rubio. They know him and they trust him.
- The House members who opposed the Republican establishment support Ted Cruz. They know him and they trust him.
It is clear. The establishment supports Rubio because they know a skunk when they smell one.