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Monday, December 10, 2012

The Tea Party strikes back

Boehner could face challenge for Speaker spot

From the piece:

Depending on how the “fiscal cliff” negotiations go, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., may challenge John Boehner, R-Ohio, for his speaker spot.

The National Review Online reports that Price, who recently lost a bid to become GOP conference chair to Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is reportedly mulling a bid for speaker, and is talking with other conservatives including anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.

Price is the former chairman of the extremely conservative Republican Study Committee, and was an outspoken leader of Tea Party-friendly House Republicans who vehemently opposed healthcare reform in 2009. “If the speaker listens to the conference and agrees to not raise taxes, he’ll be successful,” Price told NRO. “So far, I think the speaker is doing that,” he said. “But we’ve got to watch what happens.” A “Price ally” also told the NRO: “[Price] is hoping for the best, hoping taxes don’t go up with any fiscal-cliff deal. But if Republican leaders make a mistake on taxes, he wants conservatives to battle.”

But a deal without tax hikes is increasingly unlikely. 

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