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REVOLT: County GOP votes “No Confidence” in Boehner-McConnell

REVOLT: County GOP votes “No Confidence” in Boehner-McConnell

Tompkins Co. (NY) GOP demands “new leaders who will vigorously contest … unconstitutional or over reaching executive orders and actions”

The failure of congressional Republicans to take action to stop President Obama’s arguably unconstitutional and illegitimate executive actions, on immigration in particular, has created a growing unrest among those who put John Boehner in charge of the House and Mitch McConnell the Senate.

While there have been failed revolts in the House against Boehner’s leadership, by and large the anger has been kept out of the official GOP organizational structure.

Until now.

In what may be the first such action since the so-called “Cromnibus” and DHS funding passed, on Thursday night, March 12, 2015,the Tompkins County (NY) Republican Party Executive Committee voted “No Confidence” in the Congressional leadership.

Tompkins County is in the Southern Tier of upstate NY, a mostly rural county that includes the liberal City of Ithaca. It is in the NY-23 District that overwhelmingly voted for Republican incumbent Tom Reed in the 2014 election.

A source at the Tomkins Co. GOP told me:

“The recent Cromnibus vote and the vote on DHS funding/immigration were the straws that led to the resolution calling for new leadership, but they are just the culmination of many acts not vigorously opposed by Boehner and McConnell: immigration; ISIS, negotiations with Iran, FCC and EPA power grabs; presidential executive orders; unconstitutional recess appointments; political use of IRS; lack of transparency; stonewalling congressional investigations; selective enforcement of federal laws; and corruption, among others. Party committees do not normally take such actions but many party members are so upset with Boehner and McConnell’s passivity that unusual action was required. Now, perhaps, other Republican committees will also speak out.”

Here is the text of the Resolution that passed 7-5 (image of official resolution at bottom of post):

Resolution regarding “leadership”
March 12, 2015

Resolved that the Tompkins County Republican Party, speaking through its Executive Committee:

1) Has no confidence in the “leadership” of House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and requests the respective Republican congressional caucuses to move to substitute new leaders who will vigorously contest the President’s and executive branch’s unconstitutional or over reaching executive orders and actions.

2) To show seriousness of purpose, restore Constitutional checks and balances, and avoid an effective presidential dictatorship, the Tompkins County Republican Party urges our congressional leaders to vigorously use legal challenges, budget reconciliation, funding power, the treaty power, altering filibuster rules if necessary, and refusal to bring to the floor of the Senate any presidential appointments requiring confirmation while not recessing to avoid presidential interim appointments.

Executive Committee member Ed Weissman of Ithaca provided the following statement:

While I cannot speak for anyone but myself, my impression from the discussion that took place is that since their is no leadership from the top we must start from the bottom. I hope this will encourage other Republican committees around the region, the state and the nation to make their voices heard and to push for a change in attitudes and actions in Washington. The Republican leadership in Congress has shown that they are not willing to fulfill the pledges they repeatedly have made to push back hard using all the tools in their arsenal against President Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs and his administration’s ruinous policies. The leadership seem to fight most rigorously against the true conservatives in Congress, the ones who stand by their principles and uphold the oaths they took to defend the Constitution.

Executive Committee Member Henry Kramer provided the following:

Personally, my view is that the open very civil and respectful debate and vote we had on the subject of leadership reflects the very best part of the TC Republican Party, in which people are free to express their views and where we have and we value a wide diversity of opinion but share deeply certain basic principles. It shows that the TC Republican Party is very much alive and vigorous. The debate about leadership is a healthy “family issue” and should not be viewed by anyone as evidence of any form of fundamental “split” in our party but rather a concern that certain of our party leaders are not fully in touch with their base and the electorate in general and we need leaders who will more vigorously act to check a president and administration that show no respect for the constitution or limitations on their powers, is not transparent, and is scandal ridden.

I find the TC Republicans welcome freedom of expression, are willing to speak out, and offer a real alternative to what has become the other party’s constant desire to expand government and “protect” people by limiting their freedom and choices. My hope is that more people seeing this, will join us, and work to elect people who really represent their views and desires for a change of direction, locally, county-wide, state-wide, nationally and in the world.

Requests for Comment have been sent to Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McConnell, and Congressman Reed, but as of this writing there have not been any responses. If responses are received, we will add them.

Tompkins County GOP Resolution on Congressional Leadership March 2015


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I do so wish this action could serve as a catalyst for other Republican entities to work to turn the tide of the terrible and disastrous leadership of both McConnell and Boehner. It’s a start….hopefully. Thank you for letting us know what’s happening in NY.

What a WONDERFUL initiative…!!!

Texas will now adopt it as its own. (We LOVE “adapting” all sorts of good stuff!)


Unless the Republicans grow some balls quickly, I’ll sit out the next election. Is there any difference between D and R at this point? I REFUSE to put passion, energy, and money into a losing battle. I wonder how many like me are fed up beyond words and ready to throw in the towel?

Something has to give. This simply cannot go on forever. Or can it? Maybe it can. Maybe we’ve come across the one exception to the laws of nature and entropy — the Republican Party. I couldn’t believe that after six years of Obama, the party could possibly nominate another RINO, especially one so ill-equipped to confront the Left. This party is about as deeply corrupt as it can get, and, it would appear, institutionally incapable of reckoning not only with Obama but with the basic reality of Leftism. So change is going to be hard and painful — perhaps even violent, in the political sense; a metaphor might be in the drama of how addicts violently resist withdrawal. An “intervention” is no doubt required.

    CloseTheFed in reply to pesanteur. | March 14, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    America is being diluted with foreigners, who don’t have our culture and outlook.

    So, yes it’s possible. Not enough Americans left to boot these people out. Evidently that’s what they’re counting on and why they’re courting foreigners.

About time, Republicans need to speak out and reform their party from within. The national party now is top down not bottom up and that needs to change, particularly because the people at the top are not listening to what rank and file Republicans and the voters are telling them. Perhaps, judging by the comments, some Tompkins County people may find the reason they need to join the local Republican Party again, to vote, and to take part in its work.

    Ragspierre in reply to Cicero. | March 14, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Or, saying the same thing from my perspective, perhaps enough Republicans will take stock of what’s happening, and join BIG C Conservatives in common cause so we can support fine people with our votes AND see that actually mean something in DC?

    Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton are great, but they aren’t enough.

This event cheers me, even if only momentarily. 🙂

According to Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review, ANY house member can bring a privileged motion to vacate the speaker’s chair.

If I understand the mechanics correctly, this means that the Teaparty Caucus in the GOP can (and should, in my view) recruit every member of the caucus to bring such a motion until Boehner is deposed and politically destroyed.

If groups like the Tompkins County GOP get behind this idea, we can depose the statist S.O.B.s in the GOPe and replace them with conservatives.

It’s a start. They should have addressed the New York State GOP while they were at it.

Attended a Tom Reed event last week, came away unimpressed and wouldn’t count on him for much help.

“The debate about leadership is a healthy “family issue” and should not be viewed by anyone as evidence of any form of fundamental “split” in our party ”

What a shame. Nothing like this would have been said during the Reagan years. If it has to be said aloud, then it likely is true. It’s bad enough the dems say these things.

But but but your a RACIST if you challenge Obama. And the “independents” won’t LUV you and invite you to kewl cocktail parties. And the left wing prog/socialist MEDIA will call you names and not LUV you. See Jebby Bush would give AMNESTY to ILLEGAL ALIENS and let them VOTE to be “fair” and now the left wing prog/socialist MEDIA is going to back Jebby for Prezzie. Or so he thinks. And if you “shut down” the government by not giving Obama MORE than he wants, even for ONE SECOND, the leftwing prog/socialist MEDIA will call you names and even though you have a LANDSLIDE WIN in the next election, you can’t have the leftwing prog/socialist MEDIA talk bad about you and not invite you to there KEWL cocktail parties. And the establishment/RINO party is TOO FUCKING STUPID to admit that no matter WHAT IT DOES, THE MEDIA WILL NEVER LIKE OR SUPPORT IT! So I’m giving NO MONEY to the douches in the “republican national committee” or any other “group”. I WILL DONATE to people like Walker, Cruz and Perry.

About time. If those nitwits from Occupy Wall Street could create what they did for a vague and never quite defined cause across the country, then intelligent conservatives can surely do better – and without the violence and garbage. Just straight up protests against McConnell and Boehner – two traitors to what the voters wanted. Protest until they resign or are forced out of their positions.

    Ragspierre in reply to McAllister. | March 15, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    You know, it’s worse than not complying with “what the voters wanted”. That COULD be a mistaken reading of voters’ wishes.

    No. BOTH these guys have STATED stuff they were going to do, compliant with their reading of how to win elections.

    That makes it MUCH worse. And they aren’t alone.

Looking at these two a-holes…is like looking at Hillary Clinton: pathetic, talentless, corrupt — and done.

Time to dump them both and see if anyone else can do better.
It’s highly unlikely that anyone else will do worse!

tom reynolds | March 16, 2015 at 7:02 pm

I was at the meeting. None of the 5 who voted against the resolution spoke in defense of Boehner and McConnell and some admitted they did not like them but, for various reasons, they did not want to vote for an official resolution. Net of this is that there is little or no support for Boehner & McConnell but some are willing to continue to go along with them.