By Mike Lillis - 09/14/13 04:16 PM EDT
A conservative group has launched an ad campaign to "fire" House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over his response to the fatal attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi a year ago.
Revive America USA, a conservative political action committee (PAC) that's fought to impeach President Obama, is urging targeted viewers to sign a petition to oust Boehner for his refusal to appoint a special committee to investigate the Benghazi tragedy.
"We need urgent action today by thousands of Americans to fire John Boehner," the ad's narrator says. "Speaker Boehner is personally blocking a special committee to expose the truth about the 911 Benghazi terror attack. It's just enough to make you sick."
The groups says it's "tested" its ad this week on Fox News, Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" program and Mark Levin’s radio show.
"Until Boehner is removed, the Benghazi committee will not be formed," Bob Adams, the head of the PAC, said Friday night in a statement.
Boehner has resisted the calls for a special committee, arguing that the issue can be handled by the existing committees of jurisdiction.
But the pressure is mounting on him to reconsider. More than 170 House Republicans have endorsed the creation of a special panel to investigate the Benghazi tragedy – an idea first championed by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) – arguing that an examination by the normal oversight panels are not enough.
On Wednesday, which marked the one-year anniversary of the attack, Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) penned a letter to Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) arguing that the families of the four victims – including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens – "deserve to know what happened."
"Five committees have conducted investigations, as well as the State Department, but still no one has been held accountable for this attack," Fitzpatrick wrote. "The terrorists remain at-large; and the bureaucrats who fumbled the response remain at their posts."
The administration had initially claimed the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate was sparked by an anti-Islam video made in the United States. Later, they changed their story, saying the attack was an act of terrorism linked to Al Qaeda.
Republicans have hammered President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the episode, arguing that it's evidence of a failed foreign policy strategy.
Revive America USA, meanwhile, is using their "fire Boehner" drive as a fundraiser.
"There is no limit to what you can donate," Friday's email reminds readers. "Revive America PAC can accept unlimited individual and corporate contributions."