Rand Paul targets (RINO) Paul Ryan for ‘purge’ of House conservatives
A fundraising email sent by Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul urges
supporters to sign a petition protesting the move, targeting the party’s
2012 vice presidential nominee and House Budget Committee chairman, as
well as Speaker of the House John Boehner.
“The petition urges John Boehner and Paul Ryan to stop purging fiscal
conservatives from committee assignments, and to reinstate the four
already purged from their positions,” reads the message from RAND PAC,
Rand Paul’s political action committee.
Rand Paul noted that “according to news reports, two of the
congressmen were purged from the Budget Committee for voting for a
five-year balanced budget plan — instead of Paul Ryan’s budget which
balanced in 28 years.”
Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash and Kansas Republican Rep. Tim
Huelskamp both voted against the Ryan budget in committee last year. As a
result, the spending blueprint only cleared committee by a narrow 19-18
Rand Paul has previously maintained that the Ryan plan doesn’t balance the budget or cut spending fast
enough — a criticism he implicitly repeats in his latest fundraising
email. The Kentucky senator has voted against the official Republican
budget on these grounds.
Rand Paul and Ryan have squared off over the budget behind closed doors. The tea party-tinged legislator also described it as “tepid” on the eve of Ryan’s acceptance speech at this year’s Republican National Convention.
Conservatives are angry that Amash, Huelskamp, North Carolina
Republican Rep. Walter Jones, and Arizona Republican Rep. David
Schweikert were all removed from committee assignments for bucking the
party leadership, but Boehner has gotten the brunt of the blame.
In an interview with libertarian radio talk show host Peter Schiff, Rand Paul seemed to suggest that Ryan’s presidential ambitions will suffer as a result.
“I don’t know if any of these people want to run for president —
maybe they’re going to have to explain why they wanted to purge people
from their committees who believe in balancing the budget,” Rand Paul
Like Ryan, Rand Paul is also seen as a possible candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
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