Hannity: Replace Speaker Boehner
Fox News host Sean Hannity is calling on Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) to step down as Speaker of the House.
Hannity, who has criticized Boehner in the past, said it’s “time for new dynamic leadership” for Republicans and threw his support behind Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House select committee investigating the Benghazi attacks.
“Trey Gowdy is my choice for speaker,” Hannity told Breitbart News. “He has the ability to articulate and implement the changes needed to get the country on the right path.”
Hannity cited the federal budget, border security, energy independence and Gowdy’s opposition to ObamaCare for backing the South Carolina Republican.
“John Boehner has snubbed and ignored conservatives for too long as evidenced by the recent ‘cromnibus’ budget deal he made with Obama, Reid and Hoyer,” Hannity added, referring to senior congressional Democrats. “It’s time he step aside for the good of country and the conservative movement.”
The $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” was an end-of-year spending bill opposed by many conservatives, which passed the House with Boehner’s support earlier this month.
Hannity did not mention the controversy surrounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in his comments.
It was revealed this week that Scalise spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002, and there have been calls for him to resign. Boehner offered Scalise his support on Tuesday.
Other conservatives have weighed in on Scalise and argued for more changes to the GOP leadership team in the House.
“GOP establishment a disastrous mess. Clean them out. Time for new leaders with conservative principles,” conservative radio host Mark Levin wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, linking to a story about Scalise.
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson also criticized Scalise on Monday, arguing his story that he didn’t know about the supremacist’s group’s message was implausible.
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