The fallout from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy‘s decision not to pursue the Speaker of the House post soon to be abdicated by John Boehner – just hours after Boehner and other key Republicans expressed their support for his bid – has gotten GOP pols and activists alike in a pensive mood, not least of whom is Wetumpka Tea Party founder Becky Gerritson.
Gerritson – who is running for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional district in 2016 – issued the following late Thursday evening.
“We are witnessing a collapse in confidence in the Establishment ruling class as the base of the Republican Party demands better, more conservative government from our leadership,” said Gerritson in a statement. “I am pleased that we will not have an unacceptable choice in Kevin McCarthy forced upon us.”
“My hope is that, in the days ahead, a true conservative will win out in the Speaker’s race. However, that new Speaker will not have the support he or she needs to lead our Party forward- strong and unified- unless we bolster the ranks of true conservatives in Congress. The debacle of failed leadership in our Party that we have seen played out over the last six years must be laid at the feet of moderate, Establishment politicians. It is time to clean house, restore America’s greatness, and show contrast with Obama’s fundamental transformation.
“This underscores why I am running for Congress in AL-2, and I look forward to taking the lead in working with new, conservative leadership to restore the promise of this great nation.”
Gerritson is seeking to oust U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, whom Gerritson says has strayed from the conservative principles which got her elected in 2010.
The aftermath of the House leadership collapse may favor challengers to congressional incumbents in a 2016 year expected to yield moderate gains from minority-party lawmakers.