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Why Dave Brat won’t vote for John Boehner as House speaker

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jan 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-05 14:48:26-05

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WASHINGTON — Virginia’s newest congressman says you can count him among those who are not supporting John Boehner for another term as speaker of the House.

Republican Dave Brat says he likes Boehner, but won’t vote for him when the 114th Congress convenes Tuesday.

“Washington is broken in part because our party’s leadership has strayed from its own principles of free market, limited government, constitutional conservatism,” Brat said in a statement. “We are at a crucial turning point in our country’s history – do we truly want free markets, or does cronyism remain in place?  Do we want the rule of law, or will amnesty for cheap illegal labor win the day?”

He says he wants someone who will challenge the president on executive amnesty and push to defund Obamacare.

CBS News reports several other conservatives will also not vote for Boehner as speaker.