Northern Kentucky



Change Is In The Wind!

Dear Garth Kuhnhein,

Over the last couple of weeks the failed leadership of the Republican party has taken full stage with the exposure of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a liar  on the Senate floor and the challenge to the leadership of John Boehner as a the Speaker of the House of Representatives.   The challenges to the Republican leadership are welcomed and encouraged by voters that are fed up with empty promises.  The press is on the side of the establishment and downplays the importance of the challenge to Boehner's leadership.  In this Cincinnati Enquirer article it says the resolution to vacate the chair is, "seen as largely symbolic by many political experts."  But looking behind the smoke screen of the "political experts" what is the possibility of the resolution passing and Boehner being removed? 

First let's look at the timing of the resolution.  It occurred just prior to the August recess.  Speaker Boehner tried to call the bill to the floor for a vote and kill the resolution before the Representatives went home for the August recess but he was unsuccessful.  This alone shows a weakness as now the resolution calling for the removal of Boehner is alive and open for discussion when YOUR representative is home for recess and YOU have access to them.  Now is the time to tell your representative that it is time for a change in Republican leadership.  We need a change for the better, a change that will unleash the power of liberty.

Second, lets look at how this resolution can come to the floor for a vote.  The press is trying to squelch the oppositon to Boehner and makes a big deal about it being sent to a committee to die.   However if Rep. Meadows makes a motion to Vacate the Chair from the floor a vote must be taken within 48 hours.  Heritage Action provides a good analysis of how this works in the PDF attached at the bottom of this email.  So the answer is that if enough Representatives get their ears burnt about the failed Republican leadership and they tell Rep. Meadows they will support him then Meadows can force a vote.  The original resolution filed by Meadows is our call to ACTION.  It is our challenge, our signal to action to tell our representatives that a change in leadership is needed. Third, how many votes, how many Representatives are needed to force Boehner out and Vacate the Chair?  Assuming all Democrats would vote against Boehner it only takes 30 Republican votes to oust Boehner and every Representative voted.  The last challenge to Boehner's leadership fell short by five votes.  

Fourth, what groups are supporting the removal of Boehner?  FreedomWorks Backs House Effort to Remove Boehner Speakership and CEO Adam Brandon commented:

“Every time defenders of freedom need a leader, John Boehner has failed us. It’s time to remove Boehner from the speakership before it’s too late to pass bold reforms. Under his speakership, the Republican-controlled House has allowed taxes and spending to increase and their agenda revolves more about pleasing lobbyists than standing on principle. It’s time to end the Boehner Blunder.” 

Now is the time to contact your Representative, express your frustration with Republican leadership and tell them  you have their back and will support them in their vote to Vacate the Chair!  If all of our Kentucky Representatives will vote with Thomas Massie the change we need can start. If Thomas Massie is your him and say keep up the good work!

Call your Rep.  Support the effort to VACATE THE CHAIR!

1st Congressional District:  Congressman Ed Whitfield, (270) 826-4180, DC-(202) 225-3115

2nd Congressional District:  Congressman Brett Guthrie, (270) 842-9896, DC-(202) 225-3501

3rd Congressional District:  Congressman John Yarmuth, (502) 582-5129, DC- (202) 225-5401

4th Congressional District:  Congressman Thomas Massie, (202) 225-3465--say Thank You!

5th Congressional District:  Congressman Hal Rogers, (606) 679-8346, DC- (202) 225-4601

6th Congressional District:  Congressman Andy Barr, (859) 219-1366, DC-(202) 224-3121