Potential political woes are multiplying in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Capitol. The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC has declared that House Speaker John Boehner is an enemy of conservatives, and is acting, well, according. There’s a public petition against the Ohio Republican, an advertising buy, a new website - all coordinated by a group that claims to be the nation’s largest political action committee for the grassroots movement.
“John Boehner has declared war on conservatives demanding lower taxes and limited government,” says talk radio host Rusty Humphries, spokesman for new campaign. “Today we declare war on him. We intend to send a message to his fellow ‘Republicans In Name Only’ that such ideologically bankrupt leadership must come to an end.”
He hopes to garner a million signatures and articulate the liberty-minded tea party case against intrusive federal bureaucracy and bodacious spending for voters. Mr. Humphries points to consistently lower favorability ratings for the GOP in recent polls.
“Voter identification with the Republican Party is at historic lows. And no wonder. The Republicans don’t stand for anything except surrender,” he says. “By collecting 1 million petition signers by January 31, we will show John Boehner, the liberal media, and every other congressional sell out that the Tea Party is serious about returning America to greatness.” The committee’s petition can be found here
Other Boehner critics are afoot. Judicial Watch and a host of conservatives, retired military brass and the surviving family members of the four Americans killed during the terrorist attack on Benghazi. The coalition has sent the Speaker a letter with a singular request:
“We call upon you to act now and create a Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate all aspects of the United States involvement in Libya, to include, but not be limited to the attacks of September 11, 2012,” reads the missive signed by Tom Fitton, the watchdog group’s president, along with Allen West, Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness and David Horowitz, president of Freedom Center.
The 78 signers want more, though.
“It must now also include the protracted cover-up the American people, the families of the fallen and those with loved ones serving overseas have endured. The new committee must have subpoena power, capable staff and Members from both parties who are committed to finding the truth, not playing politics,” they write.
“While the White House repeats false and misleading information, you continue to ignore claims, documented by Rep. Frank Wolf, of intelligence officers being intimidated with multiple, punitive polygraph examinations and harassing non-disclosure agreement demands. If Benghazi is ‘phony’ why are intelligence officers being threatened not to speak and subjected to polygraph exams? Why do you stand by passively?” the group demands.