Walker: Why I Voted for Speaker Boehner
WASHINGTON, DC â€“ Shortly after being inaugurated as the new Congressman from North Carolinaâ€™s 6th District, Congressman Mark Walker voted to re-elect Speaker John Boehner.
â€œThis was a difficult vote as I share the frustrations expressed by many of my constituents, but I cast my vote today with a sense of optimism,â€ said Walker. â€œToday, the focus needs to be on Republicans re-taking the Senate and the American peopleâ€™s rejection of President Obamaâ€™s go-it-alone style. As a Congress, we are ready to pass sound, pro-growth legislation â€“ many bills with bipartisan support â€“ that will help our struggling economy. A change in House leadership, at this time and in this way, would have detracted from our conservative message.
â€œI plan to keep the Speaker, and the whole House leadership team, accountable â€“ to encourage them to pass conservative legislation and not buckle under pressure from the White House or Senate. When I believe legislation is not in the best interests of the 6th District of North Carolina and the American people, I will have no problems voting against leadership.â€
â€œFinally, with respect to the other candidates for Speaker, I do not believe they possess the record of leadership and accomplishment necessary to be Speaker of the House. I cannot just vote for the most conservative candidate when considering a position that is this important to the country. We need a statesman and a full-vetting process. The House Republican conference made their selection in November and a last minute attempt to disrupt the process with insufficiently vetted candidates and minimal resolution strategy is not an earnest effort to bring about true change.â€