Purged Reps Speak Out: ‘Petty’ ‘Vindictive’ Establishment Punishing Members for Voting Conservative

A day after learning he was yanked from from the Agriculture Committee, Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp lit into GOP leaders Tuesday, charging that conservative Republicans are punished for not toeing Speaker John Boehner’s line.

“No good deed goes unpunished,” Huelskamp said at a Heritage Foundation event. “We were not notified about what might occur but it confirms in my mind the deepest suspicions that most Americans have about Washington D.C: it’s petty, it’s vindictive, and if you have conservative principles you will be punished.”

Huelskamp spoke at the briefing with Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who was booted from the Budget Committee as part of a series of committee moves by Republican leaders that drew criticism from the right. Amash said he still hadn’t been contacted by leadership about what happened, and neither man has been told which committees they’ll be appointed to in the next Congress.

Huelskamp said that when the Republican freshman class of 2010 came in, they were told they had to fundraise for the party and notify leadership how they would vote but could otherwise “vote their conscience and their district.”

His removal, the congressman said, was “not about principle, it was about obedience.”

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  • RR

    Please Sarah Palin start a 3rd Conservtive Party we are ready for one

  • Capt.America

    It’s hard to tell the Republicans from the Democrats without a program.
    We are a conquered nation! A nation is defined by it’s borders ( what are our borders?)its language (try doing business in English in parts of New Mexico,Texas,
    Ariz. and Florida.) and its Culture.(our Christian Nation has all but vanished) There are more churches now than ever before, but what they teach is watered down lip service, The Adamic race is in the minority.crime is at an
    all time high and headed north.They cant build prisons fast enough and soon will be housing political prisoners. Forget about about the parties.
    Put your faith in Jesus the Christ.

  • Jeffrey

    This is one of many reasons I do not donate to the Republican Party. The Democrat Party is like drug dealers getting as many people hooked with the Establishment Republicans as the Enablers, so long as they get their piece of the pie. Look how they treated Allen West.