This day in WND history: Boehner exit marks ‘great day for freedom’

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Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, (center right) stands with then-President Obama; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, (center right) stands with then-President Obama; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Tea-party chief: Boehner exit marks ‘great day for freedom’

Sept. 25, 2015: Then-House Speaker John Boehner announced he would resign from Congress, and one of the core groups behind the tea-party movement told WND he couldn’t be happier.

“Great day for conservatives, great day for freedom,” said FreedomWorks President and CEO Adam Brandon, whose organization led petition drives and encouraged Americans to demand the resignation of Boehner.

FreedomWorks was a key player in organizing the tea party, which fueled public resistance to ideas like the Wall Street bailout, the Obama stimulus and Obamacare. Passage of those items and others despite public revulsion led to a Republican House majority in 2010. Boehner became speaker, but Brandon said he failed to live up to the promises that made him the most powerful man in Congress.

Brandon said the Boehner resignation followed on the heels of a stunning rejection of the House GOP leadership in 2014.

“This started when Dave Brat defeated (then-House Majority Leader) Eric Cantor in Virginia,” he told WND and Radio America in an interview. “After every one of those victories, you always hear the same thing. ‘Oh, the tea-party movement has died out. Oh, it doesn’t have that much of a political bite in Washington.’ Every single time that happens, this roars back to life.”

He added, “Speaker Boehner was defeated by members of the House Freedom Caucus, and the House Freedom Caucus has its direct lineage in this grassroots movement.”

Boehner said he wanted to avoid a contentious vote inside the GOP conference but insisted he made up his mind that morning and was leaving on his own terms. Brandon strongly disagreed.

“He woke up and realized after some meetings yesterday that this House Freedom Click to see the original article      


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