It seems that Speaker of the House John Boehner does not do well with criticism from members of his own party. Hours after being called out, to put it politely, by Governor Chris Christie in a press conference on Jan. 2, 2013 the speaker and majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) wasted no time in sending out the following press release.
"Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy should be the first priority in the new Congress, and that was reaffirmed today with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations. The House will vote Friday to direct needed resources to the National Flood Insurance Program. And on January 15th, the first full legislative day of the 113th Congress, the House will consider the remaining supplemental request for the victims of Hurricane Sandy."
This is not acceptable Mr. Speaker, you have had 66 days since the storm to do what is right and now you want us to wait an additional two weeks, as if you’re doing us a favor. We are not second class citizens, when other states are hit by natural disasters; NJ & NY always step up and provide resources to the rest of the country.
Your press release is nothing more than cheap words and a diversion to the fact that you did not step up and lead. That is because you have clearly shown within the last few months that you are not capable of leading. The republican members should realize that you do not have the support you think you have among the American people, and think long and hard before casting a ballot for your nomination for a second term as speaker of the house.
In the article I wrote on Jan. 2, 2013 I gave out your phone number, I have been advised that your in-box is now full and not accepting messages. Here is the link to Speaker Boehner’s email address: http://boehner.house.gov/contact/
Your press release is too little to late Mr. Speaker. Welcome to the Jersey Shore.