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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga, one of the candidates for House Speaker, opposed ObamaTrade
With the resignation of House Speaker Boehner and the decision of Rep. Kevin McCarthy not to seek the speakership, the race for House Speaker is wide open. Only one of the candidates currently being mentioned, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, voted against Obamatrade. Here is a selection from an local newspaper article about why he opposed it:
The candidacy of Rep. Lynn Westmoreland gives the Republicans in Congress a chance to change course. We urge them to examine the polls for the Republican nomination for President. Did support for Obamatrade boost JEB Bush's campaign? No! He's been sinking steadily in the polls! Did it boost Gov. Rick Perry's campaign? No! He was the first to drop out! Did it boost Gov. Scott Walker's campaign? No! He was the second to drop out! Who is surging with 32% in a crowded field? Outspoken Obamatrade opponent Donald Trump.
The race for speaker gives the Republican Congress a chance to change course. So far, they've been doing the bidding of the donor class. Maybe it's time for them to start listening to their voters!
Comment by correction, 10/15/2015:
I believe you mean "Rep. Lynn Westmoreland" rather than "Rep. Lynn McCarthy" in the second to last paragraph.
Response to this comment by Howard Richman, 10/17/2015:
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