REVOLT: Tompkins County GOP (NY) votes “No Confidence” in Boehner-McConnell

This gives me great hope that there is still some fight left in Constitutional Conservatives within the Republican Party. And fight we must, or the next election is lost to us, as is the Republic. As the Tompkins Co. GOP has just done, each Executive Committee and Central Committee should cast their votes of “No Confidence” against Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s dearth of leadership and complicity with the Obama Administration. Obama’s executive overreach has become monumental and under the guidance of McConnell and Boehner the Republican Party has followed Obama’s lead in lockstep, right into a dictatorship. A nationwide revolt and as one, a conservative voice, needs to ring out shouting that as Americans who believe in the Constitution and founding principles, we refuse to continue along this Marxist path before us.

From Legal Insurrection:

Tompkins Co. (NY) GOP demands “new leaders who will vigorously contest … unconstitutional or over reaching executive orders and actions”

The failure of congressional Republicans to take action to stop President Obama’s arguably unconstitutional and illegitimate executive actions, on immigration in particular, has created a growing unrest among those who put John Boehner in charge of the House and Mitch McConnell the Senate.

While there have been failed revolts in the House against Boehner’s leadership, by and large the anger has been kept out of the official GOP organizational structure.

Until now.

In what may be the first such action since the so-called “Cromnibus” and DHS funding passed, on Thursday night, March 12, 2015,the Tompkins County (NY) Republican Party Executive Committee voted “No Confidence” in the Congressional leadership.

Tompkins County is in the Southern Tier of upstate NY, a mostly rural county that includes the liberal City of Ithaca. It is in the NY-23 District that overwhelmingly voted for Republican incumbent Tom Reed in the 2014 election.

A source at the Tomkins Co. GOP told me:

“The recent Cromnibus vote and the vote on DHS funding/immigration were the straws that led to the resolution calling for new leadership, but they are just the culmination of many acts not vigorously opposed by Boehner and McConnell: immigration; ISIS, negotiations with Iran, FCC and EPA power grabs; presidential executive orders; unconstitutional recess appointments; political use of IRS; lack of transparency; stonewalling congressional investigations; selective enforcement of federal laws; and corruption, among others. Party committees do not normally take such actions but many party members are so upset with Boehner and McConnell’s passivity that unusual action was required. Now, perhaps, other Republican committees will also speak out.”

Here is the text of the Resolution that passed 7-5 (image of official resolution at bottom of post):

Resolution regarding “leadership”
March 12, 2015

Resolved that the Tompkins County Republican Party, speaking through its Executive Committee:

1) Has no confidence in the “leadership” of House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and requests the respective Republican congressional caucuses to move to substitute new leaders who will vigorously contest the President’s and executive branch’s unconstitutional or over reaching executive orders and actions.

2) To show seriousness of purpose, restore Constitutional checks and balances, and avoid an effective presidential dictatorship, the Tompkins County Republican Party urges our congressional leaders to vigorously use legal challenges, budget reconciliation, funding power, the treaty power, altering filibuster rules if necessary, and refusal to bring to the floor of the Senate any presidential appointments requiring confirmation while not recessing to avoid presidential interim appointments.

Executive Committee member Ed Weissman of Ithaca provided the following statement:

While I cannot speak for anyone but myself, my impression from the discussion that took place is that since their is no leadership from the top we must start from the bottom. I hope this will encourage other Republican committees around the region, the state and the nation to make their voices heard and to push for a change in attitudes and actions in Washington. The Republican leadership in Congress has shown that they are not willing to fulfill the pledges they repeatedly have made to push back hard using all the tools in their arsenal against President Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs and his administration’s ruinous policies. The leadership seem to fight most rigorously against the true conservatives in Congress, the ones who stand by their principles and uphold the oaths they took to defend the Constitution.


Requests for Comment have been sent to Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McConnell, and Congressman Reed, but as of this writing there have not been any responses. If responses are received, we will add them.

This is what freedom is and if we do not aggressively exercise it now in the face of tyranny here in America, we will lose it possibly forever. The Founding Fathers conceived of three branches of government to keep checks and balances on each other. Obama has twisted this rock solid and time tested foundation into one branch led by the executive power of himself. Our elected officials were put there to carry out the will of the people and their duty… not to line their pockets and subvert our government to be a part of a Marxist agenda that will for all intents and purposes end America as we know her. Time and again, McConnell and Boehner have failed to use even the most minor of weapons at their disposal and have instead, sided with the enemy within. Now is the time to stand and fight. Now is the time to take our country and party back.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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