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As usual, Huelskamp on the outside, complaining

Huelskamp
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Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, contends that he had a potential subcommittee chairmanship taken away from him after he announced he would vote against Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, for House speaker. “I tweeted out (that I wouldn’t vote for Boehner) and an hour later they called me and said, ‘You worked real hard but the leadership team wouldn’t let it happen,’” Huelskamp told the Hill newspaper. A Boehner aide denies that allegation – but it wouldn’t be surprising if that were what happened. And if so, what did Huelskamp expect? Huelskamp was kicked off of the House Agriculture and Budget committees in 2012 because he was unproductive and didn’t work well with other committee members. He then doubled down and became even more antagonistic, leading a flopped revolt against Boehner in 2013. After the November election, it appeared that Huelskamp was starting to realize that he needs to work with others in order to get anything done. He signaled that he would support Boehner, a move some interpreted as an attempt to get back on the Agriculture Committee. But then he tweeted earlier this week that he was opposing Boehner. “Honest. Principled. Conservative. Leadership is what I want,” he wrote. As expected, Boehner was re-elected as speaker, with Kansas’ three other House members voting for him. And as usual, Huelskamp is on the outside, complaining. – Phillip Brownlee

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