Conservative group launches campaign to 'fire Boehner' over Benghazi response

A conservative group has launched an ad campaign to "fire" House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (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 BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE 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 WolfFrank Rudolph WolfBottom line Africa's gathering storm DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling MORE (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 FitzpatrickMichael (Mike) G. FitzpatrickFormer Pennsylvania Rep. Fitzpatrick dead at 56 Pelosi: Mexico should not worry about Trump House lawmakers ask for answers on cooked ISIS intel allegations MORE (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 ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE 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."