Paul Ryan is short of the 218 votes he needs to continue as House speaker.
“I just don’t think he has the votes,” Huelskamp recently told Breitbart news.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp is a staunch conservative congressman from Kansas ousted by the Chamber of Commerce and Ted Cruz consultant Jeff Roe, whose offices are in Kansas City.
Huelskamp pointed to the fact that Speaker Ryan needs a simple majority of House members to win the gavel outright, and highlighted the high likelihood Ryan does enjoy the majority of the conference.
“There is no doubt Ryan has the support of the majority of the conference, but we will not find out if he has enough until January. You got to have 218,” Huelskamp said. “Just because you have 215 doesn’t get you 218.
The Freedom Caucus will prove instrumental in the vote. About 20 conservative representatives would need to dissent to force a second vote for House speaker.
GOP Conference Leadership Election
Speaker Ryan has scheduled the Republican Conference leadership elections for November 15, ahead of the bulk of the lame-duck legislative session and budget process, which is due to be wrapped up on December 9.
It is not expected Paul Ryan will invigorate his leadership team with any conservative blood. Instead, he will likely offer up his hand-picked team of loyalists who will advocate his uni-party agenda.
Many conservatives in the House, however, including Mark Meadows — as well as outside groups like FreedomWorks — have called for the Conference Leadership elections to be delayed until later in the lame-duck session after the conference has had the opportunity to see how Ryan will lead.
Huelskamp concurs with Meadows’ take.
His preference would be for Republican voters to have the opportunity to see how GOP leadership behaves in the lame-duck before returning Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to their positions in leadership.
Boehner the Vengeful
Boehner also removed Reps. Amash (R-MI), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Schweikert (R-AZ) from their A-committee assignments in December 2012, in a clear message to conservatives that their votes must align with his agenda to rubberstamp Obama’s uni-party agenda — or else.
Boehner continued his vengeful behavior in January of 2015 by removing Rep. Webster (R-FL) and Nugent (R-FL) from their positions on the coveted Rules committee.
Ryan’s New Personality
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, Paul Ryan has appeared to jump on-board the Trump train.
But just days before Trumps historic win, Paul Ryan was busy campaigning against Mr. Trump, and even voicing the fact that the party was not his despite his having won the nomination.
“Although Donald Trump won the nomination fair and square, the GOP is not his party,” Ryan told a Wisconsin-based talk radio program host Charlie Sykes.
Ryan casts himself as the party’s leader and the highest elected official in the party, and also claims that the party is “a bottom-up, organic grassroots party based on conservative principles.”
His rapid about-face smacks of political opportunism. What he does during the lame-duck will tell a clear story about whether he truly believes his own claims that his goal is to lead a “grassroots party based on conservative principles”