More On Jeff Duncan’s Vote Against John Boehner

CONGRESSMAN ELABORATES ON HIS DECISION … || By FITSNEWS || This website applauded U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan‘s courageous decision to vote against fiscally liberal U.S. Speaker John Boehner this week.  And with good reason. “Duncan has taken a principled stand against chronic (GOP) equivocation – and in doing so has thrown down…


|| By FITSNEWS || This website applauded U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan‘s courageous decision to vote against fiscally liberal U.S. Speaker John Boehner this week.  And with good reason.

“Duncan has taken a principled stand against chronic (GOP) equivocation – and in doing so has thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of the South Carolina delegation,” we wrote.

Unfortunately the rest of the South Carolina delegation – which is supposed to be the most “conservative” delegation in Washington, D.C. – didn’t pick up the gauntlet.  As a result of that (and some pay-to-play hypocrisy across the river in Georgia), Boehner was reelected.

Even typically reliable pro-free market lawmakers Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford punked out on this gut-check vote … (read their excuses HERE and HERE).

Anyway … of interest as it relates to Duncan’s vote?  Some comments he made in an interview with Roll Call – an insider publication widely read on Capitol Hill.

“We polled (the Boehner vote),” Duncan told CQ Roll Call on Wednesday. “We talked to a lot of folks during the Christmas break.  And I just felt like it was a new beginning, thought we needed a new direction.”

Polled?  Interesting ….

Duncan added that he informed Boehner beforehand of his intention to vote against him – and was not pressured to change his decision.

“That’s not the kind of guy John Boehner is,” Duncan told the publication. “He’s an honorable man. He’s served the country well. He’s been a great speaker under usual circumstances where we only had the House.”

Um … really? 

Boehner is an over-tanned, over-served special interest sellout … not an honorable man.  He’s been an awful Speaker who has served the country terribly.  But that’s not just us kooky libertarian leaners talking … the vast majority of “Republican” voters are also done with him.

“We’ve never had much use for Boehner, who has been utterly worthless except in two areas: Capitulating … and getting drunk,” we wrote last week. “Seriously.  Name the issue … and Boehner has caved on it.  Embarrassingly so.”

Also of interest in the Roll Call story?

This …

… other members made Boehner aware of their intention to vote against him, and pleaded with the speaker to understand the political pressure they were under in their overwhelmingly red districts.

Exactly what was said or promised between Boehner and these members isn’t clear, but many members said they faced immense pressure from constituents to vote for someone else …


Washington, D.C. is truly a town of cowards, isn’t it?

Even some of those who voted the right way apparently did so from their knees …

UPDATE: FITS just heard from Duncan’s office.  According to his spokesman, “‘polled’ was not a political poll commissioned by us or anyone else. It was based on conversations, phone calls, and emails from constituents.”  We also heard from Duncan directly, who reiterated that point. 


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tomstickler January 8, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Interesting that Boehner considers Duncan not worth the time to punish for his vote.

1689 January 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Exactly. “Back-bencher” is spelled Jeff Duncan.

“When firebrand Rep. Justin Amash (R., Mich.) rose during the roll call to cast his vote for Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), a fellow hard-liner, a wave of laughter washed across the Republican side.

There were more titters when Rep. David Brat (R., Va.), the upstart who defeated Eric Cantor in last year’s primary, cast his speaker vote for Rep. Jeff Duncan (R., S.C.), a backbencher of little distinction. And guffaws could be heard in the gallery when Rep. Curt Clawson (R., Fla.) cast his vote for Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.”

Philadelphia Observer 2015

1689 January 8, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Philadelphia “Inquirer.”

My bad.

The Colonel January 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

“Do nothing Duncan” is on six subcommittees. Someone has to take up space on the rostrum. He’s not on any major subcommittees so he may have been below Boehner’s radar.

^idiot January 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

He’s been the chairman of several different subcommittees and sits on 3 major committees. I think you should check your facts.

The Colonel January 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Nothing new here, this was all fought out shortly after the polls closed on November. There’ll be pork galore coming down the tracks for South Carolinians and everybody in our delegation but Duncan will get to take credit for some of it.

What will stop this BS is when we as a state electorate say “…screw your pork…cut our taxes, reign in spending and stop passing laws that do nothing but make life more complicated…” and of course, that will never happen.

TontoBubbaGoldstein January 8, 2015 at 10:08 pm

… reign in spending…

Ye cats!
Et tu, Colonel?

The Colonel January 8, 2015 at 11:24 pm

As king, I was reigning over the treasury and making it rain money like a summer shower when I was told I needed to rein in my spending before I gave all the money away.

I’d blame spell check but I’d be lying…

TontoBubbaGoldstein January 9, 2015 at 7:34 am

[TBG experiences a “shakes cane and yells ‘get off my lawn!’ moment.”]

Most kids today have no concept of “reining in” or giving a horse “free rein”, which is why the misuse is so prevalent. You (like TBG), are too “long in the tooth” to have that as an excuse.

Been chomping at the bit to use that one!! : )

1689 January 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

BS. He heard the pots and cans that were strung around the campfire banging and clanging and simply threw some red meat at the wolves. Nothing more, nothing less.

Don’t confuse unprincipled fear with courage.

The wolves will be back again next time and he’ll throw more red meat at them for the same unprincipled fear.

Rocky January 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm

“Belch. So guys, I just want to grap onto that waitress with my big hands like this,” the Congressman said, between finishing the classic J Peters Slow Roasted Prime Rib Sandwich (Thin slices of slow-roasted Prime Rib flash heated in au jus and topped with Monterrey Jack cheese. Served on French bread – a low price of $11.49) and tuckering into a Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cobbler (A warm apple cobbler baked with homemade cinnamon crumbs served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce – just $5.99). When the waitress returned she asked “Will these be seperate checks?”
“Naw, sweetheart,” said the Congressman, “I’ll just charge that off to my Congressional office as a constituent meeting. Hey honey, what’s your name? Are you a student near here?”

Idiot^ January 9, 2015 at 9:51 am

None of that is accurate. Not even the prices.

Sconset987 January 8, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Please FITS stop with all the Boehner stuff. The House Speaker election was never a contest. There was no chance Boehner would be defeated, which is why the majority of the SC delegation voted for him. It was political theater, nothing more, nothing less…and you fell for it. As for Duncan, he is a complete nonfactor in Washington. Grandstanding over the Speaker election is about the only way the leadership or the media will pay any attention to him.

Manray9 January 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Grandstanding — along with posturing and posing — seems to be what passes for courage in politics now days. Leadership requires hard work, engagement, persuasion, and (sometimes) making a deal.

B Gentry January 9, 2015 at 9:48 am

It’s a good thing Duncan doesn’t give two shits what the media thinks about him, and does what he’s supposed to do: serve. Wish my congressman was like him.

fred farkel January 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

B Gentry you are a COMPLETE ASSHOLE. Duncan is not serving his people. He’s serving himself at the troth and eating those big old fat steaks served up by the lobbyists who pay up and tells him how to his vote.

Manray9 January 8, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Only in Sic’s warped world is Boehner a liberal.

dissapointed January 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Sanford missed his shot to not only appear the conscientious father, but appease his constituency in light of the poor odds of beating Boehner. All he had to say was: “I kissed ass to provide for my kids.” Feeble, I know, but all these fu@kwit politicians are coming off as spineless do-nothing wimps no matter how they voted. Are they trying to build low-expectations?

Roscoe P. Coltran January 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm

The Mess in DC is so thick one can not make heads or tails of what is real and what is not. The Political System in America is stacked against honorable people.

Liam January 9, 2015 at 1:15 am

my step-mother makes $83 every hour on the laptop . She has been fired for 10 months but last month her check was $17855 just working on the laptop for a few hours. look here;.Interesting.

Walter-White January 9, 2015 at 5:40 am

Got a match?
Yeah, Hillary’s foot and Duncan’s ass.

Don January 9, 2015 at 5:41 am

my half-sister makes $63 /hour on the laptop . She has been without work for 9 months but last month her check was $17815 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Visit Website;.has to take

fred farkel January 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

The only pole this asshole knows is pole dancing. I must credit give to this flumdawg he sure is packing in a lot of BIG and really good steaks at The Palm in D.C.. Not only is his head fat, but his whole body is fat. Keep on chomping jeffy.


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