GOP Congressman Rips Tea Party Collea...

GOP Congressman Rips Tea Party Colleagues: 'I'm Not Sure They're Republicans'

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Tea Party People

Lombard, IL

#1 Oct 16, 2013
GOP Congressman Rips Tea Party Colleagues:'I'm Not Sure They're Republicans'

In a sign of the internal backlash against the right wing of the House Republican Conference, Louisiana Republican Charles Boustany questioned the political allegiances and motivations of his tea party-aligned colleagues and said they had put the GOP majority at risk in the current shutdown fight.

"There are members with a different agenda," Boustany said Wednesday in an interview in his office. "And I'm not sure they're Republicans and I'm not sure they're conservative."


Boustany, a former surgeon who is not known as the most outspoken GOP member, said he fears his party's inability to rule the chamber with its own majority is threatening its hold on the House.


Only a handful of House Republicans have spoken out publicly against the hardline faction of the House GOP, but Boustany said the shutdown had grown their numbers. "There is a very large silent majority that's getting frustrated with what's happening because of what these outside groups have done by setting false expectations, deliberately misleading the public on some of these issues and commanding allegiance of certain members who falsely place their allegiance to these groups rather than to their constitutional responsibility to govern," he said.

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Chicago, IL

#2 Oct 16, 2013
Real Republicans are patriots, not obstructionists.
background noise

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Oct 18, 2013
The tea party doesn't represent mainstream American values and should form their own little fringe party.

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Oct 18, 2013
background noise wrote:
The tea party doesn't represent mainstream American values and should form their own little fringe party.
tea- Taxed Enough Already
The Truth

New York, NY

#6 Oct 18, 2013
tea - un-American fringe radicals

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