- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A conservative group accused a trio of GOP lawmakers of breaking their promise to vote against re-electing John A. Boehner to a third term as speaker, saying their support of the Ohio Republican amounted to an “act of betrayal to our conservative principles.”

The Madison Project said in an email blast Wednesday that Reps. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, Alex Mooney of West Virginia and John Ratcliffe of Texas voted for Mr. Boehner after signing a campaign pledge vowing to oppose his leadership team.

Drew Ryun, the group’s political director, said the vote Tuesday “was extremely disheartening to witness” and suggested the lawmakers could be haunted by the decision in future elections.

“Within minutes of being sworn-in, Reps. Loudermilk, Mooney, and Ratcliffe violated a pledge they made to their voters, donors and conservative members from all across the country,” Mr. Ryun said. “Choosing to side with the Washington establishment and turn a blind eye to John Boehner’s attacks on conservatives and his unwillingness to stand up to President Obama and executive amnesty was a slap in the face to the conservative movement.”

“We’ve already spoken to several grassroots conservatives from these districts, and they have put these Members on notice,” he said.

Mr. Boehner easily survived the conservative rebellion, winning 216 votes, 11 more than needed to win another term.



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