Amid the ongoing debate over the direction of the Republican Party after this month’s elections, Virginia’s 6th District Republican Committee is adding its voice with letters to Congressman Bob Goodlatte and leadership in the House of Representatives.
In a letter that was sent out as a news release on Thursday afternoon, the committee takes issue with current House Speaker John Boehner and instructs Goodlatte to oppose his re-election for the next Congress.
The letter criticizes Boehner for “his unwillingness to lead the effort to de-fund Obama’s healthcare,” and “his capitulation on the issue of amnesty and his agreement to raise taxes,” calling those stances “nothing short of treasonous to our interests and our security.”
The letter to Goodlatte concludes:
“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.”
The letter was passed unanimously by members of the committee during a meeting on Nov. 10, the weekend that followed the election.
We’ve requested an interview or statement from Goodlatte’s congressional office but haven’t yet heard anything back. We’ll be sure to update this post when we do.
Sixth District GOP Committee Chairman Wendell Walker said, “We’re concerned about standing up for conservative principles, including fiscal issues. We understand President Obama has no fiscal discipline, especially when it comes to the debt.
“Speaker Boehner, certainly while he talks a tough game, I think the Republicans in Congress are not staying strong enough to fight against the president. The president is running pretty much the whole show. Even though we have the house, I think there are concerns.”
Walker acknowledged the GOP is going through some soul-searching and called for conservatives to pull together with Tea Party and Libertarian-leaning wings to stand up against President Obama.
“The party is going through a lot of evaluation of this last election,” Walker said. “We have to take a hard look at it and how to regain the confidence and support of all Republicans. The conservatives out here as well as the Ron Paul and Tea Party folks, we’ve got to get together to build a strong team to fight against the president.”
Bath County Republican Committee Chairman Dan Moxley echoed those remarks.
“There’s a great divide in the Republican Party between what we refer to as the establishment people and the true conservatives,” Moxley said. “If you read what’s out there now, there are many on the establishment side who suggest we need to change the way of viewing things on issues like immigration and amnesty. The conservative side doesn’t feel that.”
“In terms of discussions about immigration, we don’t have a problem with people coming in properly, but opening the door to 12 million illegals with a wave of a wand is a problem,” Moxley said. “We’d like to see Bob oppose that.”
You can read the full letter to Goodlatte after the jump. And as always, we invite you to weigh in with your thoughts.
– Mason Adams
November 10, 2012
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