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Huelskamp: GOP Rebels Face Revenge

Jeff Garretson - January 8, 2015 12:45 pm

Kansas’ Big First District Representative Tim Huelskamp did not vote for the re-election of House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, a move he says has raised the ire of the Ohio Republican.

“It’s payback, it’s retribution, it’s revenge,” Huelskamp said during the KSAL Morning News Thursday.

Huelskamp was part of a group of 25 House Republicans who did not support Boehner’s winning bid for a third term as Speaker – a move Huelskamp says will be punished with being locked out of key committee positions.

“It’s no way to run a family or a business and certainly the U.S. House of Representatives,” he said.

“We need new leadership that’s going to be more inclusive and willing to tolerate dissent.”

Huelskamp learned shortly after throwing his support toward Florida Rep. Daniel Webster for Speaker, that he would not chair a Veterans Affairs subcommittee.

“At the end of the day I have to vote my constituents and my conservative principles and my conscience,” he said.

Boehner and Huelskamp have clashed before.

Back in 2012, the Kansas Republican lost his seat on the House Agriculture Committee when he failed to back the party on portions of the farm bill.