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Ted Yoho, David Jolly Go to Bat for Dan Webster

October 9, 2015 - 10:45am
Ted Yoho, Dan Webster, and David Jolly
Ted Yoho, Dan Webster, and David Jolly

While they did not support U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., when he challenged U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the start of the year, two Florida Republicans are trumpeting their support for him as he tries again. 

After U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced on Thursday that he was ending his effort to replace Boehner, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., said he remained committed to back Webster. 

Yoho had joined Webster in running against Boehner but only pulled two votes. Webster garnered 12 votes against Boehner back in January. The House Freedom Caucus, which Yoho belongs to, backed Webster on Wednesday and Yoho expressed his support for his fellow Florida Republican before the GOP caucus met at noon on Thursday to vote on a new speaker. After McCarthy announced he was ending his bid, the leadership vote was postponed. 

After the caucus meeting on Thursday, Yoho doubled down on his support for Webster, saying Congress would benefit from a change in leadership and priorities. 
“Today is a new day in America,” Yoho said. “The status quo has changed, and ‘business as usual’ will no longer be tolerated. The American people desired a change in leadership, and I applaud both John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy for echoing the will of the people and respecting their desire for a new direction in Washington.

“My choice for speaker remains Dan Webster,” Yoho added. “Dan is the right person for the job and truly wants to change how the House of Representatives operates. The sort of change that is more responsive to the voice of the American people, that spreads out the power so more members -- not a select few -- have a say in what happens and what bills come to the floor. He is a man who will stand on principle and will work to fix the serious issues facing America. After he is elected, we can come together to start solving our nation’s problems and doing what is best for America.”

Yoho also had kind words for McCarthy who will stay at his post as majority leader. 

“I respect Kevin McCarthy’s decision to remove himself from the speaker’s race,” Yoho said. “He did what was best for the House of Representatives and the country, and I applaud his decision.”

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., also did not back Webster in January but has been one of his chief supporters this time out. Jolly had been scheduled to speak on Webster’s behalf at the Republican caucus on Thursday before the vote was postponed. 

Jolly, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, took to the cable airwaves, appearing on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Fox News on Thursday to make the case why Webster should be speaker. 

“I believe Dan is the right candidate to get us back to governing, to achieving conservative results through governing,” Jolly said. “We’ve gone from the ‘do-nothing’ Congress to the ‘try-nothing’ Congress. We need to let the House work its will on behalf of the American people who entrust us to serve.”

Jolly also trumpeted his support for Webster in an op-ed published by the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday after the caucus vote. 


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The GOP seems to have already sold out to the lowest bidder. My party is in a shambles and there's no one to hold it together, right now. If Mr. Ryan doesn't step up, big trouble lies ahead because Webster is NOT the person for the job!

the g.o.p. is really an Italian coalition government

Tyranny of the minority (40 House members) . . . . . careful what you ask for . . . . . . as the more moderate GOP get increasingly more desperate, perhaps comprising with 188 Democrats for a Speaker may suddenly look inviting . . . . . . and avoid the national disaster of the far right's ever-present childish temper tantrums . . . . . . either that or the beginning of the destruction of the GOP . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . .

I'm tired of the rhino's in my party they are the ruination of the party, when elected they show their true colors,I have read in the press that he Jolly has supported Democrats while claiming to be a Reagan Republican. The only way to reunite the party'- is to take my 4 pound Yorkypoo to all meetings and have him run around .I swear this dog will bring love to everyone's heart.Thats how it's done since elected people have no clue.

They are pissing off a lot of repubs and since they will lose, will lose clout for Fla because they don't want to govern reasonably.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blocking the grand bargain and on to tax reform in 2010-11-12-134-14 and now 2015 the far right have kept the economy from growing out of the near depression repubs policies 2000-2008 drove us in and keeping us down with gov shutdowns, not paying the national debt they ran up, etc self inflicted wounds.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm rather sadden Jolly has went this way as he has lost my vote going hard right.

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