29 Republicans would have to vote against Boehner to force a second ballot for the top position in the House. Gosar (R-CD4) was one of the first four to publicly declare opposition (Sunday), and Politico reports this morning that a total of 15 Republicans will vote no.
Gosar's public statement:
“Trust is a series of promises kept; my vote for new leadership reflects a promise I made to voters when they elected me. I cannot stand beside the same leadership that has offered up bills too large to read, used parliamentary tricks to bring bills to the floor and has refused to take swift action against the president and his Administration’s unconstitutional actions.
“My vote will reflect not just my convictions but the will of so many across the nation. Since coming to D.C. in 2011, I have attended hearings, briefings and meetings about the serious problems facing our country. I travel home to my district every week and I have listened to the people and their concerns.
“The common theme wherever I go is that we can't just keep doing things the way they ‘always’ have been done. We can't continue to operate with a lack of transparency and with a blind eye to the will of the people.
“America needs bold leadership from the House of Representatives that breaks from the status quo and embraces an open and transparent legislative process. Our country deserves getting back to regular order and holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions. This will require courage, not fear. It is time for leadership that will stand up for America and the Constitution.”
Four years ago, then-Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords cast a similar symbolic vote against Nancy Pelosi as the House Speaker.
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