David Schweikert

Ben Swann on the House GOP purge

Last week, House Republican leadership made new by removing four fiscally conservative members — Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Walter Jones (R-NC), and David Schweikert (R-AZ) — off of key committees. House Speaker John Boehner, who was already being criticized for his willingness to raise tax revenues, was accused of leading a purge of conservatives from positions of influence.

Is Boehner leading a purge of fiscal conservatives? Ben Swann, host of the “Reality Check” segment on Cincinnati-based Fox 19, weighs in:

Fiscal conservatives are being booted from House committee assignments

John Boehner

As House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders try to wheel-and-deal with the White House on the “fiscal cliff” by debating how much they’re going to raise taxes, fiscal conservatives are, according to Daniel Horowitz at RedState, being booted from their committee assignments with no explanation or cause given (update at the bottom of the post that disputes part of Horowitz’s write-up):

Earlier today, we provided a list of those who made it onto the Super A committees.  Well, Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) is a conservative freshman member who was actually kicked off the Financial Services Committee.  Members are rarely kicked off committees unless there is a scandal.

David Schweikert is one of those 2010 freshmen who is actually a Tea Partier in deed as well as rhetoric.  While many freshmen folded under the pressure from leadership, Schweikert was actually removed from the Whip team because of his conservative dissent during the budget battles.

And who is replacing him on the committee?  Our good buddy, Richard Hudson (NC-8), who was handpicked by leadership to run.  Hmmm, I can’t remember the last time a sophomore member was replaced by an incoming freshman for no good reason.


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