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tsai3904
10-17-2015, 12:50 AM
Vocal Constituents Complicate GOP’s Search for a Speaker

Rep. Massie is comfortable bucking the establishment thanks to his backing from home

By Siobhan Hughes
Oct. 16, 2015

The crowd here snatched up “Don’t Tread on Me” magnets and cheered the message from their congressman, Thomas Massie, that the Washington he travels to every week is run by a powerful elite that controls how lawmakers vote, punishes those who don’t comply, and even extorts money from rank-and-file lawmakers in exchange for powerful party posts.

“This is how the game has been played for decades,” Mr. Massie said, eliciting gasps and head shakes when he detailed how he had been squeezed out of a committee post, pressured to change his positions and forced to cast 11th hour votes without a chance to study legislation.

The attendees at a town hall here are the ground troops in a battle that has rattled Republicans in Washington, chasing out a House speaker, John Boehner, and forcing his No. 2 to abandon his quest for the post, leaving the caucus in disarray. Even the much-pursued Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, praised as someone with sterling conservative credentials, doesn’t do much for this group.

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In Washington, a majority of Republican lawmakers are frustrated at the chaos within their conference and uncertain when the disarray will end. Many suspect that the hard-liners risk overplaying their hand on sensitive upcoming votes, like ones to raise the debt ceiling or keep the government funded.

But Mr. Massie doesn’t feel that pressure.

“I would rather be hated by people in Washington than be hated by this crowd,” Mr. Massie said. “There are only 538 in D.C., and there are 750,000 here.”

More:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/vocal-constituents-complicate-gops-search-for-a-speaker-1445036550

Matt Collins
10-17-2015, 10:50 AM
Good article

acptulsa
10-17-2015, 10:55 AM
Is this the same Wall Street Journal that avows that a sitting member of Congress couldn't possibly buck the Establishment--every time it hears Rand Paul's name?

Indy Vidual
10-17-2015, 11:23 AM
Is this the same Wall Street Journal that avows that a sitting member of Congress couldn't possibly buck the Establishment--every time it hears Rand Paul's name?

Either it slipped passed the censors, or they do not think Thomas will become a major threat?