WASHINGTON — Rep. John Boehner was voted by his colleagues into another term as House speaker Thursday despite receiving harsh criticism from some conservatives over his handling of the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.
There were a few scattered votes for other names - defeated Rep. Allen West, the tea party favorite from Florida, and GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor both received nods - but the vast majority of Republicans in the House shouted Boehner's name when called upon by the House reading clerk. In total, 220 Republicans out of a conference of 234 went for the Ohio Republican during the tension-filled vote on the House floor.
Some GOP lawmakers didn't answer, or simply voted "present," when called to vote. In total 12 Republicans declined to vote for Boehner -- a tiny percentage, but still the largest number opposing the re-election of a House speaker in recent history.
East Texas' District 1 Representative, Louie Gohmert, was one of those who did not vote for Rep. Boehner.
He issued the following statement to KETK following the House vote.
"As this nation continues plunging deeper and deeper into debt every minute of every day, I could not cast a vote for 'business as usual.' With so many talented, brilliant members of Congress, it certainly seems that seven years after our current leader was elected Majority Leader and with our goals now even farther away, it is time for a change from 'business as usual.' Since the Constitution does not require the Speaker of the House to be a Member of the current Congress, my vote for Allen West was for a man who knows how to stand for principle and has always been faithful to those he was entrusted to protect."