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Conservatives removed from financial committees by GOP House leadership

The fissure between the GOP establishment and Tea Party members in Congress blew wide open Monday evening when conservative members of Congress were suddenly removed from House financial committees.

RedState’s Erick Erickson was the first reliable source to share that conservatives were reportedly being removed from the House’s finance related committees by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Shortly after, Roll Call reported that Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona had been removed from from the Financial Services Committee “for bucking the party line too often.”

“This morning Congressman Schweikert learned there was a price to be paid for voting based on principle. That price was the removal from the House Financial Services Committee,” Rachel Semmel, Schweikert’s spokesman, told POLITICO. “We are obviously disappointed that Leadership chose to take this course, but Rep. Schweikert remains committed to fighting for the conservative principles that brought him here.”

Curiously, conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina was selected to replace Schwikert on the committee, potentially undercutting conservative’s complaints that Schweikert was removed for political reasons. Likewise, sources with knowledge of the situation indicated to both POLITICO and Roll Call that committee changes were made at the request of committee chairs. Meaning incoming Financial Services Committee chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who is currently the GOP Conference chair, not Boehner, could be responsible for snubbing Schweikert.

Roll Call later added that Walter Jones of North Carolina had also been removed from that committee. Additionally, Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelkamp of Kansas were removed from the House Budget Committee, which Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is currently chair and will continue to chair in the next Congress.

A press release issued by Huelskamp’s spokeswoman Karen Steward says that the freshman Rep. “was given limited explanation for his removal but clearly his consistent, principled, and conservative votes have riled the GOP Establishment.”

“It is little wonder why Congress has a 16 percent approval rating: Americans send principled representatives to change Washington and get punished in return,” Huelskamp said in a statement. “The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions. This is clearly a vindictive move, and a sure sign that the GOP Establishment cannot handle disagreement.”

After news broke conservatives, were immediately outraged. Tea Party organization FreedomWorks even called for a ‘hostile takeover’ of the party by Tea Party activists, and began a lobbying effort to get Schweikert, Huelskamp and Amash back on their respective committee.

The split between Republican Party leadership and the Tea Party was a longtime coming and is not particularly shocking. However, by removing Amash, a young, up and coming libertarian who is often cited as retiring Rep. Ron Paul’s successor as the leader of the ever growing liberty movement within, and outside of, the Republican Party, the GOP establishment may have stirred the hornets nest one too many times today.

Note: This post has been updated to include additional information.



  1. BobC says:

    I’ve been saying for 2+ years that it is increasingly important that the conservatives in our party organize to fight the weak-kneed establishment body of our party. I have, more times than I can count, urged conservatives to seriously consider breaking out of the GOP mold and establish their own party- The Conservative Party. With today’s dismissing of committee members, I dare say it is more than obvious it is now high time to break with the GOP and move forward down the conservative road. If we don’t, we may as well fold our tents and go home.

    1. Donna V. says:

      Never thought I would even consider this a good idea, but I am continuously frustrated at the lack of principle, forward thinking and confidence the republican party demonstrates. I do not trust Boehner, I do not think he is a good speaker, he clearly does not speak for many. He is stuck in some other time. Perhaps it is time conservatives move away from the dinos. After all in 2010 wasn’t it the conservatives that won in the House? Isn’t it the conservatives that rally and fight for principle? Didn’t we lose many votes because the platform was not conservative enough? I am for it.

  2. Nancy Gadola Trant says:

    I am sick over the reelection of a man who should never have been elected the first time around but am now devastated that a majority of the voting public chose to make that mistake again. Just how much clarification of the facts do these people need to realize this narcissistic, immoral weakling is not the leader America desperately needs? Sure – the “lame stream media” is in the tank for all liberals . . . and they LVE this guy.

    The conservative movement (not including the national GOP) had the wherewithal in terms of manpower, finance and ability to counter it. However, it was too busy dicing up Romney over his religion (“he’s a Mormon you know”) and his wealth (he had to be a crook at some point in time to have ALL that money, e.g., success is “bad”) and he refused to come across like Genghis Khan in the second and third debates. Romney knew he would get screwed to the wall by the liberal media and there would be NO ONE to take his Six. No one. Remember when he was the only one to ask questions after the attack on the embassy in Egypt before the Benghazi slaughter? The media jumped on him and NO ONE – not one GOP, Tea Party or 9/12 leader came to his defense. Obama’s pit bulls said he was interfering with national security and “endangering lives”; and the media picked up the banner from there. Romney did the only smart thing he could do by not engaging Obama on Benghazi in the last debates – but everyone bitched about his decision – and grumbled about his perceived lack of “conservative values”. Did anyone in the conservative movement (if there is one today) come to his defense when the attack dogs in the media shot him down for offering an opinion as to Obama’s feckless foreign policy? Short answer: NO.

    And I am tired. I’m tired of a Republican Party that lacks the will to wage a real campaign. Romney wasn’t my first choice but he turned out to be a good choice – IF he had had a party with real 21st century organization. He didn’t. All the while Romney was fighting his way through the primaries, the national GOP was not doing the precinct work that needed to be done. There was no real voter identification being done; no precinct development, no ground work to counter the voter fraud we all knew would occur. When I heard the national party crow about “making more than 5 times the phone calls they (we) did in 2008”, I knew the election was lost. Their bragging rights to making five times more annoying phone calls than during the McCain campaign was IT? Yup – that was it.

    The Democrats were doing the grunt work necessary to win a big election. Axelrod, et al had done their voter identification work early on (Axelrod had left the White House staff over two years before the election), had identified the key states and had focused down to the precinct level and even beyond – down to the street, and they knew the numbers of votes they had to get (by hook or by crook) to win. They trained precinct workers for every critical precinct within the must-win counties, within the must-win states. They had precinct captains and co-captains equipped with iPads with a fully loaded and actionable registered voter list for those precincts, iPhones and all the other necessary gear to communicate the results of early voting trends, election day turnout and the identity of those voters who had not voted by 5 p.m. on election day. Those potential voters were treated to a personal visit and a ride to the polls in return for their vote. And any deficiencies that may have been a concern were amply taken care of via . . . well, you know the drill. They aren’t even shy about it any more. Why would they be. No one ever does anything about it. (Case in point – Rep. West in Florida)

    Where were the Republican Big Shots after this most recent and obvious election theft? Who knows. Probably at the local country club or university club sipping drinks and nibbling appetizers. And the Tea Party and 9/12 Big Mouths? Giving grandiose speeches about how they aren’t republicans and yet all the while welcoming all democrats into their effort – whatever the hell their “effort” is; then circling the wagons and shooting inward . . . again. It would be a great Keystone Cops flick if not so tragic.

    Now, predictably, we are hearing the numbingly stupid call for a “third party”. Sure, kids – why not dilute the electorate down some more so we can lose some more – assuming we have another shot at an election. Great strategy.

    Elections are won or lost based on the numbers of voters who turn out and vote (mostly) plus those ballots that get stuffed where necessary when the polls aren’t being adequately monitored as the law allows. Duh. This isn’t rocket science – it’s simple math. And it is law, but only law matters if it is enforced.

    Conservative activists have always – even before the days of Barry Goldwater – engaged in cannibalizing their own. No one is ever right on every issue, but the vast majority of conservatives nitpick – to death – the candidate at the top of the ticket . . . and then each other. Most conservative-types are more interested in preaching than in winning elections.

    Just how far our country has to fall before the collective conservative energy can be turned to winning back our country is anyone’s guess . . . but the time for that conversion is growing nigh.

    It could be that we have whined, and grimaced at and with one another for one election too many – and now the wolves are at the door. When the Brown coats in the Jack Boots are dragging the aged, the infirm, the handicapped and all the “non-productive” off to FEMA “camps”, maybe then the conservative movement will find its legs and its guts. I’m not sure the conservative “movement” has any intestinal fortitude for anything other than criticism and pompous rhetoric. If they do, it is sure past time to belly up to the bar.

    The Tea Party and 9/12ers didn’t need the national GOP to win this election; they just didn’t take it all that seriously. After all, they had taken credit for the win in 2010 – and this election was going to be another easy ride. Ah huh . . . Well, shucks, Karl Rove said so . . . and so did all the talking heads on FOX. One after another they came forward and predicted a “huge win” for Romney. Did any one of them look at the GOP ground game? Heck no. But the reality is the national GOP has never had a real ground game except in 1980 and again in 1984 when the conservative movement, quite literally, took over the Republican Party. I know. I was part of it. And it was the conservative movement that engineered a landslide for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and again in 1984. Today Tea Party and 9/12 folks seemed to feel it is beneath them to identify with, become members of and ultimately take over the GOP. The idea behind E Pluribus Unum totally escapes them.

    Lindsey Graham, John McCain, et al, now continue to control the GOP. These guys think the most important discussion now is tying Ambassador Rice to the Benghazi scandal. The scandal they should be addressing, as should we all, is the imminent demise of America’s financial foundations. Graham/McCain will lose the Rice debate and will then sit idly by as we all rocket over the fiscal cliff on January 1st. These morons could have been replaced with men like Sen. Jim DeMint (R)SC and many others as the real representatives and speakers for the GOP/conservative voice of America. But paradoxically, with the loss of the presidency in this last election fiasco, Republicans Graham/McCain maintain their roll as the voice of the GOP. GAG.

    The organizational plans that were to match the ground game of David Axelrod were pathetic. And come 2016, it will probably happen all over again. But before the next presidential election we have another congressional election. Look to see the liberals take control of the House – and then . . . Katy Bar the Door. If you think the first two years of Obama’s first term were bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. Without REAL unified, organized opposition from united conservative voices the 2014 election will be a blood bath and our country will be toast.

    The Chicago Shenanigan Professionals deserved to win this one. This was like watching a University of Michigan vs Ohio State football game. Everyone has their favorite but one team usually and spectacularly out-plays the other. The best team DESERVES to win the game. But this isn’t college sport. This is more akin to blood sport and we just rolled over and accepted the spear. We deserved to lose this election. It’s just that the blood of our kids and grandkids and all the generations to follow does not deserve to be spilled for what we have allowed to come to America. Lady Liberty sobs. This election was not a victory for America – it merely reaffirmed Obama’s announcement after his first election . . . “change has come to America”. Yes, it sadly has. But it need not be a permanent “change”. It can be merely a lesson.

    We have one last chance, but this battle will be all uphill. With humble hearts, an unabashedly loud proclamation of our belief in and commitment to the Biblical principles that founded our country, with our return to God and His Will, we can win freedom for America again. The hedge of protection that was ours for over two centuries has been trampled upon by those amongst us who should never have gained power. It is our American and Christian duty to shun and reject evil at every juncture. We should never tolerate courts that allow the spilling of the blood of our infants, the rejection of our loving God’s name in our public places, the defilement of holy matrimony and the sin of homosexuality as “good” and “normal”; the waging of wars against people with whom we have no quarrel. Good people must demand good deeds from the government. No more political correctness. Our guides are our Constitution and our Bible. Period. Look back. Learn. And then let’s roll!

    1. For My Liberty says:

      GREAT response. There is just one thing I would like to add, and one thing I would like to let you know. First, Your comment about Rice and Benghazi. Spot on, Congress SHOULD be focusing on the fact that America’s ENEMIES were being ARMED at the direction of Obama…THAT is why Stevens was there. TREASON charges should be brought up against the CROOKED ADMIN.

      The info I wanted you to know, is that yes, there was RAMPANT FRAUD in the elections, and yep, Dems don’t try to hide it. The reason being, a lawsuit between the GOP and the DEMS in 1982. In the SETTLEMENT, the GOP signed an agreement NOT TO do ANYTHING about Voter Fraud in National elections ….UNLESS a judge was notified BEFORE the elections.

      Google it…The GOP are total IDIOTS that have no clue how to play chess. THAT is why the Dems out maneuver them at every turn. Total Checkmate.

    2. For My Liberty says:

      GREAT response. There is just one thing I would like to add, and one thing I would like to let you know. First, Your comment about Rice and Benghazi. Spot on, Congress SHOULD be focusing on the fact that America’s ENEMIES were being ARMED at the direction of Obama…THAT is why Stevens was there. TREASON charges should be brought up against the CROOKED ADMIN.

      The info I wanted you to know, is that yes, there was RAMPANT FRAUD in the elections, and yep, Dems don’t try to hide it. The reason being, a lawsuit between the GOP and the DEMS in 1982. In the SETTLEMENT, the GOP signed an agreement NOT TO do ANYTHING about Voter Fraud in National elections ….UNLESS a judge was notified BEFORE the elections.

      Google it…The GOP are total IDIOTS that have no clue how to play chess. THAT is why the Dems out maneuver them at every turn. Total Checkmate.

      Just as with the “Fiscal cliff” that was CREATED by those in Congress. IF the GOP had a BRAIN in their head. They would vote to pass the so called “Bush Tax Cuts”–which in all REALITY are THE rates now, since they have been in effect for over a decade. After Congress voted for the extension of the cuts, they should WALK AWAY…..Leave the whole mess on OBAMA’S shoulders.

      Lastly, I am SICK of hearing Dems talk about how tax cuts “cost the Government” The money is NOT THEIRS –it belongs to the AMERICANS that work for it.

    3. Rozalie Laatmol says:

      Nancy Gadola Trant that has to be the best response I have ever read specifically outlining the weaknesses of the GOP. As a republican, it hurts to be so badly misrepresented by our leaders. You should run for President!

    4. dave says:

      i hate to kick a man (or woman, as it were) when he’s down, so i’ll try to keep my remarks brief.


    5. Bill says:

      Nancy, I agree with so much of what you said, but you lost me with winning freedom with the Bible. That usually means showing the religious beliefs of some down the throats of others and imposing laws on others based on those religious belief that actually inhibit and limit freedom. I think it’s crazy that people do things like sue over nativity scenes, but I darned sure do not want to live in a theorcracy either. Our forefathers didn’t want that. They fled religious oppression from the old countries. They realized their were all sorts of churches and all sorts of beliefs and they didn’t want the government repecting an establishment of religion, no state religion and no favoring one over the other. Those who push for it today don’t understand our history and they’d beter be careful what they wish for or they just might get it and the religion pushed by government may end up being not what they had envisioned it to be at all.

      The religious right is killing the Republican Party. Republicans need the South. The party get the churches to mobilize voters down here, and then they feel like they own the party. They push, push and push, turn off a lot of people, scare people away, want to control every facet of people’s lives, and they are driving so many away from the Republican party. I want my smaller government low taxes Republican party back. I can do without the anti-freedom religious zealots. They scare me too.

    6. Cynthia says:

      I am a proud OBAMA PIT BULL and I think your post is crap. Romney was NEVER a viable candidate. He just wasn’t Presidential material. He embarrassed us on his so called world tour in unimaginable ways. He always kept his foot in his mouth on EVERYTHING. He flipped flopped on EVERY subject depending on who he was talking to. There is NO doubt that Obama was more intelligent, more prepared, more capable of running this country. Your problem is that he is a man of mixed heritage. That and that alone so you may as well admit it. The Republican party made ITSELF EXTINCT running crazy Romney and trying to force. No one disliked Mitt because of his wealth, They disliked him because of HOW he got his wealth. Mitt didn’t even have a product. Something he made besides money.

      You know, venture capitalists are not creators. They’re businessmen who find weak companies, and prey on them. And Mitt can’t understand why anyone would ever question capitalism no matter how feral it gets. “What? We found a wounded animal and we ate it!”

      When asked about wealth distribution and income inequality, Mitt said, “It’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms.” Quiet rooms? Why? It’s a wealth gap, not anal warts. No wonder he doesn’t want to talk about it out loud. The most recent payroll data came in this week, and the median annual income for an American is $26,353 a year, or as Mitt calls it, a rounding error.

      It didn’t help either that Mitt was zipping across the country using President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” quote out of context for an analogy about a student who worked hard in school and made the honor roll. He used it again when he introduced his running mate, Paul Ryan.

      What the president said was:
      “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.” He also said, “The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”

      Romney spins it to make it sound as if the president is totally discrediting an individual’s hard work, summing it up this way.

      “I realize that he got to school on a bus and the bus driver got him there, but I don’t give the bus driver credit for the honor roll,” he said. “I give the kid credit for the honor roll.”

      When you genuinely live life through a prism of gratitude, you don’t use analogies that minimize the impact others have on your life. When you live life through that prism, you don’t see voters and delegates, you don’t see the budget as just a bunch of numbers you have to make work. You see the lives.

      Romney doesn’t irk us because he was born into privilege. He irks us because he behaves as if being born into privilege had nothing to do with his success. His wife, Ann, was supposed to make her husband more appealing. It didn’t work.

      I do agree with you that the Republican’s need to stop concentrating solely on doing damage to the Obama Presidency searching for the next scandal that will fizzle out. They need to get to work for this country on our economy with jobs bills they promised and infrastructure that is crumbling. Their current actions are leaving a bad and sour taste in the mouths of Americans. They are seen to be working for Heritage America, the Koch Brother and corporations while giving NO ATTENTION TO THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR. I venture to say, if they don’t do some SERIOUS REBRANDING. The REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS SEEN IT’S LAST PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. Maybe in 2024 because that is how long it is going to take America to forget what they stood for and their child like tantrums during the Obama Presidency.

  3. crosspatch says:

    Good. These people showed that they were completely incapable of acting like grown adults and instead wanted to take a childish “I get my way 100% or nothing” and so now they have nothing.

    1. For My Liberty says:

      You mean like Ovomit? Geesh….isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?

  4. I really do not know how Obama got elected a 2nd term and I believe that he is racist against whites, how can he allow Congressman Schweikert that supports the Tea Party organization to be thrown out

  5. Mike St James says:

    I am poorly represented by the mainstream Republican party as a whole, but it’s fortunate that Utah is represented by Senator Mike Lee, Representative Jason Chafetz and Representative Rob Bishop. I will no longer give to the RNC, nor will I support the national party in other ways as they become pale shadows of the Democrats. I no longer classify as Republican, but as Conservative. Honestly, though I will continue to fight to the end, I believe we’ve lost the country, and that winning it back will be excruciatingly difficult if not impossible. This action to oust conservatives from positions of influence is corrupt and disgraceful. The Republican party spurns people like me. What goes around comes around.

  6. Mark Richardson says:

    Now am I suppose to have to foot the bill for all these SMK’s myself?
    That hardly seems fair.


    I am done with the Republican party. From now on, I will vote ONLY 3rd party. The Republican party represents me as much as the democratic party now. There really is no difference.

  8. MRobs says:

    As a long time Republican voter I can now say I will never vote Republican again. I will not bother to vote at all anymore. I was a contributor to the RNC and will never give them another dime. This country is lost – these people are all in bed together. Our country has been taken over by the criminal cabal in Washington. It is time to leave. When a third world country like Ecudor is rated less corrupt than the USA there is nothing left to do but get out. I plan to move to Costa Rica as soon as possible the USA is dead. No sense in hanging around – we will never see a dime of social security money and they are planning on stealing our private retirement accounts – everyone with the ability should leave the country and take your assets with you.

  9. David G says:

    The “principle” here is that these people are supposed to work for the good of all not some narrow ideology that they subscribe to. Alan West and Joe Walsh are gone because they were extremists. The rest of the extremists need to get the message.

    1. ricci logan says:

      so your saying everyone should become a democrat then…to call people who support the constitution as extremists is exactly what your saying

    2. dave says:

      well said!

    3. Cynthia says:

      Even more to the point, Allen West was crazy and a detriment to the country. We don’t need extremist in any political position. Now he has gone to Georgia trying to get back in politics. I don’t think that Georgia wants anyone that Florida has already dealt with and threw out.

  10. Spurwing Plover says:

    He needs to pack his bags and leave america forever and even longer

  11. Marie Maitia says:

    Time to create a new party. We can do this with the right people working together to get this country back to where it should be and run by strong people that have the same goal in mind. Less government and self reliance. We want action and none of this weak kneed individuals. Tell the truth and stand by it no matter what.

  12. brigid johnson says:

    third party independents are just dems in drag get a real party started lets call them the patriots and let them live by that title like our forefathers did when they put the people first.

  13. aftan romanczak says:

    Its time for the tea party toleave the republican party and caucus on their own. I don’t recognize the Republican Party anymore and dont wish to be a part of it.

  14. OneX2Many says:

    Republican House committee assignments are appropriated by House leadership based on how much money a representative raises/says (s)he can raise for the NRCC. Want a cherry appointment – better raise money in bunches. Fail to raise the money —– to the itty bitty committee you go.

  15. Doug T. says:

    I agree that it’s time for Conservatives to step away from the GOP. That party is lost and as long as we keep playing along by their rules, we are going to keep losing (assuming it’s not already too late to rescue our nation from the communist left). The time to begin organizing a Conservative coalition is right now, before we suffer another loss under the non-leadership of the GOP. Many including Rush Limbaugh claim a third party is a recipe for disaster, but what have we got to lose as long as we keep expecting the establishment GOP to lead us to victory when they couldn’t find their own way out of a paper bag?