On Monday January 5th, 2015 I emailed my local Representative (Jackie Walorski R-IN2) (as well as calling, Facebooking and Tweeting) requesting that she not for John Boehner to be Speaker of the House. Predictably my request fell on deaf ears. Here is the response I got from her office. You may notice that the points they make are very similar to what you are hearing from other Republicans across the country. A cynical person might think they were crafted by the leadership as a way to cover their rears.
January 8, 2015
Mr. Mark Watkins
3576 Generations Dr W
South Bend, IN 46635-1559
Dear Mr. Watkins:
Thank you for contacting me in regards to the Speakership. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you know, when the House convenes for a new Congress the first order of business is to hold a roll call vote to elect the Speaker of the House. Each party nominates a candidate who must receive a majority of all the votes cast.
On January 6, 2014, I supported our Conference’s nominee, Representative John Boehner for Speaker of the House. I understand you are angry with this decision, but the hard truth is the Conference already had elections for Speaker back in November. During those elections, Representative Trey Gowdy nominated Representative John Boehner for Speaker. Since no one else came forward with another nomination, our Conference unanimously voted for Representative Boehner to be Speaker. If anyone wanted to offer another choice, this was the opportunity and the time to have a family feud between Republicans. The decision by others to run for Speaker at the last minute was purely political opportunism to get publicity. This has only further disrupted and divided our Conference at a time when we need to be united to stop this lawless president, reinvigorate the American people and this economy.
Please know that there is no greater honor than serving the hardworking Hoosiers of Northern Indiana. If you would like updates on the actions I have taken in Congress, please visit my website at www.walorski.house.gov to sign-up for my e-newsletter. Thank you again for contacting me.
Member of Congress
Indiana Second District