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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NKY Congressman Opposed Boehner for Next House Speaker

NKY Congressman Thomas Massie led opposition to re-electing John Boehner as Speaker of the House./Facebook

Even though Ohio Congressman John Boehner was re-elected to the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, a Northern Kentucky congressman led a cohort of Republicans who would have liked to see a change.

Representative Thomas Massie (R-Garrison) was part of what became known in wonk-speak as the "gang of nine" Republicans who loudly voiced opposition to Boehner's re-election to the leadership position in weeks leading up to the new session.

Massie's message did not go unheard among other House Republicans. In addition to those eight who came out in early opposition to the Speaker-elect, a quick look at Massie's Twitter page shows at least another six who voiced their opposition over just the last 48 hours.

According to a report by the Washington Post, opposition to Boehner was just four votes shy of prompting a run-off.

A tea-party favorite since his election in 2012, Massie's opposition to Boehner and his party is not new, consistently voting against Republican bills and voicing concerns with Boehner's leadership.

What Massie sees in Boehner is a House leader who is abusing his power, pointing most recently to the 1600-page financial package pushed through the House just before the holiday break, which Massie described as "written behind closed doors, introduced two days before the vote with little time for debate, and contained numerous legislative riders irrelevant to the funding of the government."

For Massie's op-ed, explaining his opposition to Boehner in more detail, click here.

- Staff report

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