Here is video of GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz on with Sean Hannity last night where he said he has no doubt that John Boehner will be re-elected as Speaker of the House today when the 113th Congress convenes. There had been some speculation among conservatives yesterday that a group of Republicans might have the votes to unseat him as Speaker. Does not look like that is the case. It will be interesting to see if anything unusual develops.
The new House sessions begins Thursday @ noon. The Speaker vote should happen soon after.— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 3, 2013
If 17 R’s vote for someone besides Boehner, it goes to 2nd ballot. Hasn’t happened since 1923. House must keep voting until it picks Speaker— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 3, 2013
Two Reps to watch today: Outgoing RSC chair Jim Jordan (Ohio), Jeb Hensarling (Texas). Those frustrated by Boehner take many cues from them— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 3, 2013
Eleventh Hour: Speaker Boehner Moves to the Right: The Speaker of the House will be elected today and some conse… bit.ly/ZeT2bU— Big Government (@biggovt) January 3, 2013
Here is video of Newt Gingrich Campaign Spokesman R.C. Hammond sparring with Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz – a supporter of Mitt Romney. Chaffetz has apparently been following the Gingrich Campaign and showing up at events. Hammond apparently spotted Chaffetz and decided to approach him and ask him some questions.
THE HILL: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) found his own tactics turned against him during a Newt Gingrich event here Friday afternoon.
Chaffetz, a Mitt Romney supporter, has been turning up at Gingrich events during the past two days, though he denied in a brief interview with The Hill that he was doing so in order to goad the former Speaker. He said he was merely there to “offer some perspective.”
But Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond decided it was time to do some goading of his own, as he briefed reporters. Hammond first waved with faux-glee at the Utah congressman and invited him to join the briefing. When Chaffetz ignored him, the spokesman instead marched the press over to where Chaffetz was standing with fellow Romney supporter Bay Buchanan. . . . Read More
Nerves are clearly getting frayed. I don’t think either camp comes off looking very good with stuff like this.
Here is audio of GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch on the Sean Nannity Radio Program yesterday, where Hannity endorsed Hatch for re-election to the U.S. Senate next year. Hatch, who has been accused of not being sufficiently conservative by his detractors, will likely face a primary challenge from Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
Hannity said he is bothered by attacks on Hatch that ignore his very conservative record over the years – particularly Hatch’s support for a Balanced Budget Amendment, and the role he has played in getting conservative justices confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hannity recounted how Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas credited Hatch with playing a “massive role” in getting him through the shameful attacks against him by Democrats during his confirmation process. Sean Hannity was particularly pleased that Hatch voted against the Debt Limit Deal just passed by the Senate yesterday.
Hatch was asked who he supported for the GOP Nomination in 2012. He said he “likes them all,” but that he “definitely supports Mitt Romney.”
NOTE: Both Hatch and Hannity said conservative Mark Levin has also endorsed Hatch for re-election.
UPDATE: I’ve added Mark Levin’s endorsement below of Hatch on his radio program about a month ago.
On his Wednesday evening broadcast, O’Donnell went on something of a rampage against Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz for using his office as a place to sleep while he is in Washington, D.C. for congressional business. Throughout his segment, O’Donnell accused Chaffetz of illegal activity and called him a tax criminal.
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