TPP Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin: Don’t linger on our account, Mr. Speaker!

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News broke[1] on Monday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) might not serve another full two-year term with the gavel. Whether Boehner gives up the Speaker’s chair tomorrow or a year from tomorrow, it will be a victory for conservatives who cherish personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future.

By all means, Mr. Speaker, if your heart’s not in this, just leave now and avoid the rush.

Regardless of the date of any potential early departure, Boehner’s legacy will be one of capitulation and shame with conservative Americans. In 2013, John Boehner promised that the next time a debt-ceiling bill came up, he would exact concessions from the Obama Administration and Harry Reid’s Senate. He made it all the way to February of this year before he folded up[2] like a lounge chair.

Of course, the notion that Boehner might not serve another, full two-year term in the chair leads many to think his last hurrah will be an amnesty bill. At one time, Boehner said amnesty was a non-starter this Congress. Then, he publicly went out of his way to mock conservatives who believe citizenship should actually mean something.[3] Who doesn’t see another betrayal coming? I believe the man cannot be trusted.

In his undistinguished time as head of the majority party, John Boehner has seemingly taken glee in antagonizing Constitution-loving, conservative citizens. He started by gutting the Republican Study Committee, and then stripped aggressive conservatives like Reps. Justin Amash and Tim Huelskamp of plum committee assignments. His leadership team consists of moderates who would rather curry favor with the media than defend Constitutional principles.

The Tea Party movement made it possible for John Boehner to become Speaker of the House in 2010. He’s repaid our support, time and again, with a thumb to our eye. Don’t linger on our account, John. Don’t mock. Don’t cry. Just leave.