More than 10 Republicans will vote against John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE (R-Ohio) for Speaker on Tuesday, according to Rep. Louie GohmertLouie GohmertGiffords to lawmakers avoiding town halls: 'Have some courage' GOP rep invokes Giffords shooting as reason not to hold town hall A guide to the committees: House MORE.
"Yes, yes we are," he said.
A whip list compiled by The Hill indicates there are already 10 Republicans planning to vote against Boehner on Tuesday. Gohmert suggested he was aware of one “no” vote that is not publicly known.
"I just got off the phone with somebody that is not known to be a 'no,' " he said.
The conservatives seeking to elect a new Speaker will need at least 29 Republicans to abstain or vote for someone other than Boehner to force a second ballot, but appear to be well short of that mark. Rep. Ted YohoTed YohoA guide to the committees: House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Obama's Russia report unlikely to silence doubters MORE (R-Fla.) has also declared himself a candidate for Speaker.
Sean Hannity, host of Hannity on Fox News Channel, on Monday night put the number of votes against Boehner at 14. Hannity's guest, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), another conservative who will vote no on Boehner, said his colleagues "have a shot" at 29 noes, and said he was trying to persuade Rep. Dan Webster (R-Florida) to also vie for the gavel. The number of Republicans opposing Boehner would rise again if Webster did so, King said.
Hannity called on Republicans to oppose another Boehner speakership, saying that Boehner is "not up to the job" and lacks an agenda.
Gohmert said he is not worried about retribution if Boehner is reelected.
"Boehner’s staff has said that, you know, there shouldn't be any retribution, that that’s the way the Speaker feels," he said.
Gohmert said that he likes Boehner personally but assailed his leadership.
"He’s a nice guy to hang around," Gohmert said. "I'd probably enjoy playing golf with him the once a year I play, but the fact is he has forced this conference to take bad vote after bad vote after bad vote."
Democrats, meanwhile, are jumping on the Gohmert bandwagon. The Democratic group American Bridge sent out a link on Monday to SpeakerGohmert.com, which shows a YouTube video of controversial statements from the congressman.
Updated at 10:30 p.m.