By Kristi Reed
A week after his vote to re-elect Rep. John Boehner as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Jody Hice is working to reassure his constituents that not only did he keep his campaign promise to oppose Boehner, but also that he is working hard to advance a conservative agenda.
Hice, who represents the 10th Congressional District, has faced considerable criticism since voting with the rest of the Georgia Republican delegation to support Boehner on Jan. 6. Though Hice, along with two others, opposed Boehner during the November party leadership elections, critics have since accused him of reneging on his vow to support someone other than Boehner — a charge Hice feels is inaccurate.
“What most people don’t realize is that the vote for the Speaker — the real vote for the Speaker — occurred in November,” he said.
During that vote, the party as a whole, Hice explained, decided to give Boehner “another try.” Describing last week’s vote as a procedural affirmation of what the party had already decided to do, Hice said the “unorganized” attempt to unseat Boehner was “not going to go anywhere.”
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