When I saw this news piece, I had to wonder what my friend US Rep. Raul Labrador thought when his name was put forward today by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) as Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
Raul had to be smirking.
I sure would have been. Maybe even chuckling...
It didn't quite bring about his victory, though.
Maybe Rep. Amash simply is a wee bit premature in his prognostications. Time will tell.
Idaho knows what America should know: leadership counts.
Even if it's a lone voice.
As a rogue act.
Congrats almost-Speaker Labrador!
Washington Post article here.
Detroit Free Press Article here:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, moved off the Budget Committee by House Speaker John Boehner, refused the speaker his vote in the 113th Congress beginning today.
Amash, R-Cascade Township, instead cast his vote for Raul Labrador, an Idaho Republican. A scattering of other Republican members of Congress were voting for a different speaker than Boehner, too – though he was expected to win reelection to the speakership easily.
Amash exhibited a strong independent streak during his first term in Congress, refusing on several occasions to back Republican leaders because he believed they were not moving seriously enough to cut spending. It was announced in recent week that he would not keep his seat on the Budget Committee, led by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.