This is What Leadership Looks Like

As a quick update, here are the heroes with public statements against the short-term CR. Consider these the men and women who are leading the charge in the House and Senate. The list of no votes is much longer, as many prefer to keep their position private until they vote. But that shouldn’t stop us from recognizing a leaders’ row in the run-up to the vote:

House:
Tim Huelskamp (KS)
John Fleming (LA)
Michelle Bachmann (MN)
Steve King (IA)
Jeff Duncan (SC)
Jeff Flake (AZ), a member of the Appropriations Committee
Jim Jordan, the chairman of the RSC (OH)
Mike Pence, former chairman of the RSC and former Conference Chairman (IN)
Allen West (FL)
Andy Harris (MD)
Tom Graves (GA), a member of the Appropriations Committee
Dennis Ross (FL)
Jason Chaffetz (UT)

Senate:
Marco Rubio (FL)
Jim DeMint (SC)
Mike Lee (UT)
Rand Paul (KY)
Orrin Hatch (UT)

These individuals deserve our respect and our thanks—it is not easy to lead against your Leadership. I assure you and have reports that they are under serious pressure from within their caucus.

To those of you in both the House and the Senate who have not made a decision yet: Many of you ran for Congress to join many of these very individuals in the fight. Now is your chance. They all think the current CR is a political and policy loser. So does Mark Levin and Erick Erickson. So does the Family Research Council, the Club for Growth, the National Taxpayers Union, and Heritage Action for America. This is a no-brainer, folks. Vote no.

Originally posted at RedState.

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4 thoughts on “This is What Leadership Looks Like

  1. After receiving the Heritage Action Alert concerning the CR vote, I immediately called my congresswoman’s office.

    My congresswoman is first term Republican Dr. Nan Hayworth (NY-19), member of the Republican Study Committee.

    Unfortunately, it seems as if Dr. Hayworth plans on voting with the GOP “leadership” and the Democrats rather than with RSC leader Jim Jordan.

    Here’s what’s really infuriating (and disheartening) however:

    I only learned this AFTER getting off the phone with a staffer in Dr. Hayworth’s Washington congressional office!

    Silly, naive me… I actually expected to get a straight answer when I called Nan’s office.

    Instead what I got was a line about “negotiations being fluid” and an offer to keep me updated and to pass on my concerns to the congresswoman.

    It was only AFTER hanging up the phone and googling the latest news on Nan Hayworth that I came upon a story in today’s (Middletown, NY) Times Herald-Record which quotes Dr. Hayworth as announcing she plans to vote FOR the continuing resolution.

    Hmm… perhaps Nan only shares her voting decisions with the press and not her own staff…?

    Surely staff members aren’t being instructed to sidestep simple questions concerning how Nan plans to vote… you know… under the theory that “what constituents don’t know can’t enrage them.”

    Anyway, after finding this out I called up Jim Jordan’s office, relayed my story to a staffer, and politely requested that he pass it on to Congressman Jordan with my request that he – as a colleague and as Chairman of the RSC, a group Dr. Hayworth belongs to – bring up the matter with Nan herself.

    Folks… we’ve got to keep pushing these people.

    The light of day is the best disinfectant!

  2. After receiving the Heritage Action Alert concerning the CR vote, I immediately called my congresswoman’s office.

    My congresswoman is first term Republican Dr. Nan Hayworth (NY-19), member of the Republican Study Committee.

    Unfortunately, it seems as if Dr. Hayworth plans on voting with the GOP “leadership” and the Democrats rather than with RSC leader Jim Jordan.

    Here’s what’s really infuriating (and disheartening) however:

    I only learned this AFTER getting off the phone with a staffer in Dr. Hayworth’s Washington congressional office!

    Silly, naive me… I actually expected to get a straight answer when I called Nan’s office.

    Instead what I got was a line about “negotiations being fluid” and an offer to keep me updated and to pass on my concerns to the congresswoman.

    It was only AFTER hanging up the phone and googling the latest news on Nan Hayworth that I came upon a story in today’s (Middletown, NY) Times Herald-Record which quotes Dr. Hayworth as announcing she plans to vote FOR the continuing resolution.

    Hmm… perhaps Nan only shares her voting decisions with the press and not her own staff…?

    Surely staff members aren’t being instructed to sidestep simple questions concerning how Nan plans to vote… you know… under the theory that “what constituents don’t know can’t enrage them.”

    Anyway, after finding this out I called up Jim Jordan’s office, relayed my story to a staffer, and politely requested that he pass it on to Congressman Jordan with my request that he – as a colleague and as Chairman of the RSC, a group Dr. Hayworth belongs to – bring up the matter with Nan herself.

    Folks… we’ve got to keep pushing these people.

    The light of day is the best disinfectant!

  3. I’m getting very tired of the Republican leadership of running scared. Specifically, Seaker of House Boehner. All this talk of sticking to House rules. What do House rules matter, if we do not stop the hidden funding, to the tune of 105 billion per year in Obamacare, what rules does he think we will forced to abide. Will not have a free country anymore.

    It is time to pick the fight as Sen. Pence suggested. Speaker does not have in to fight. To have a fight one must be willing to take a punch & not quit! Boehner appears to be not willing to do either, as do others on “our side”. He is afraid of being blamed for “something” by those inside the bealtway, instead of standing victorious. It is time for him to be replaced. God where are the men made of the stuff as displayed by Patrick Henry & other “Founding Fathers” God help us.

    Mike Bartos

  4. I’m getting very tired of the Republican leadership of running scared. Specifically, Seaker of House Boehner. All this talk of sticking to House rules. What do House rules matter, if we do not stop the hidden funding, to the tune of 105 billion per year in Obamacare, what rules does he think we will forced to abide. Will not have a free country anymore.

    It is time to pick the fight as Sen. Pence suggested. Speaker does not have in to fight. To have a fight one must be willing to take a punch & not quit! Boehner appears to be not willing to do either, as do others on “our side”. He is afraid of being blamed for “something” by those inside the bealtway, instead of standing victorious. It is time for him to be replaced. God where are the men made of the stuff as displayed by Patrick Henry & other “Founding Fathers” God help us.

    Mike Bartos

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