Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX), a principled an unrelenting spokesman for Fiscal Constraint and a signatory to the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge was one of a small group of Patriots that not only had the courage to vote against the “Fiscal Cliff” Debacle, but also the chutzpah to vote against chicken-hearted, Speaker Boehner.
Two Texas Republicans have defied Speaker John Boehner in the roll call vote to grant him another term running the U.S. House. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler voted for Allen West, a tea partier from Florida who was defeated for reelection to Congress. And freshman Rep. Steve Stockman — who served one prior term, from 1995 to 1997 — voted “present.”
On a first round of voting, Stockman didn’t answer the clerk’s call of his name and he was among a small group given a second chance.
Other tea party-backed Texans fell in line with Boehner, and all the Democrats from Texas supported Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
play by play as votes are being tallied:
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, stopped by to chat with Gallego. Over in the GOP section, Reps. Ralph Hall of Rockwall, John Culberson of Houston and Ted Poe of Humble are in the front row. Laredo Democrat Henry Cuellar sauntered over to say hi.
Toward the back, freshman Rep. Roger Williams of Weatherford just posed for a photo with fellow Republicans Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock and Bill Flores of Bryan. And look at that, there’s Cuellar again, chatting with Williams. Same row as Reps. Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi.
Rep. Sam Johnson of Plano, wearing a neck brace, is seated in the same row, between Reps. John Carter of Round Rock and Pete Olson of Sugar Land.
And now, at 1:39, the gavel bangs for the official tally… Boehner wins another term as Speaker. He got 220 votes. Pelosi got 192. Runner-up: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, with 3 votes.
West got 2 votes.
Stockman was the only “present” vote.