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What's At Stake in Today's House GOP Leadership Vote

McCarthy, Labrador, Scalise, Roskam, Stutzman

Today, in the aftermath of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat in Virginia’s Republican Primary, House Republicans have an opportunity to bring new blood into a leadership team that has become increasingly tone deaf and isolated from the Party’s conservative grassroots.

As things stand now, despite the fact that the Tea Party wave election of 2010 restored the GOP to the majority in the House, there are no principled limited government constitutional conservatives in the top ranks of the House GOP.

And the absence of a principled conservative voice and conservative ideas in the inner counsels of the House leadership has resulted in a House leadership team that spends more of its time attacking its conservative members than it does fighting Obama and the Democrats.

And putting himself in constant opposition to the conservative members of his own Party has now made House Speaker John Boehner the most unpopular leader in Congress, surpassing even House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi who long held that unenviable title.

As CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie documented in his new book TAKEOVER, when Big Government establishment Republicans are the face of the Party, Republicans lose, most recently in 2006, 2008, and 2012.

What’s more, in addition to being seen as “Democrats-lite,” establishment Republicans just plain aren’t very well liked by the grassroots of the GOP. They are viewed as out of touch, elitist, and arrogant—and that’s by the grassroots of their own party. Imagine what the conservative independents, Reagan Democrats, and liberty-minded voters that Republicans need to attract to win national elections think?

As Mr. Viguerie regularly points out, in the modern era Republicans have won four landslide elections: 1980, 1984, the Contract with America congressional elections in 1994 and the Tea Party wave election congressional elections in 2010. And the GOP won by running against Washington’s tax and spend status quo and Big Government.

In each of these elections insurgents – conservative outsiders – were the face of the Republican Party. 

Today, the leaders of the House Republican leaders aren’t insurgents. They have become the leading apologists for Washington’s go-along-get-along culture and tools of a Washington – Wall Street – Silicon Valley Axis that in its advocacy of amnesty for illegal aliens and cronyism is almost completely divorced from the grassroots of the GOP and the everyday concerns of the conservative independents, Reagan Democrats, and liberty-minded voters who will decide the next election.

New leadership – or at least bringing some limited government constitutional conservative voices into the inner counsels of the House leadership – is the only way to reconnect the Republican Party to America outside the Beltway, and put the GOP on the path to victory in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Today’s House Republican leadership elections offer Republicans that opportunity.

Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, who is running for House Majority Leader and Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana, who is running for House Majority Whip, are two solid conservatives who have an insurgent mindset and who would move the House leadership to the right.

If you sift through the thousands of votes Congress has taken since Raul Labrador and Marlin Stutzman were elected in 2010 you can no doubt find one with which you disagree, but the contests for House Majority Leader and Whip are not between Labrador, Stuzman and some hypothetical perfect conservative. 

The House leadership has become a closed elite that is almost totally out of touch with the grassroots voters Republicans must attract to win elections. If House Republicans want to recapture the insurgent momentum that brought them their 1980, 1984, 1994 and 2010 landslide victories they must add limited government constitutional conservatives, like Raul Labrador and Marlin Stutzman, to the House leadership team. 

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