[Ed. – Going thermonuclear, or funky fizzle?]
Tea party champion Rep. Mark Meadows filed a motion Tuesday to oust House Speaker John Boehner from his leadership post, escalating the feud between a faction of conservatives and the GOP leadership.
Mr. Meadows, North Carolina Republican, filed a motion to “vacate the chair,” which could force a no-confidence vote by the full chamber and result in the removal of Mr. Boehner as speaker.
In the resolution, Mr. Meadows says Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, “has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent.”
He also says the speaker has limited debate, pushed legislation to the brink to compel votes in a state of crisis and moved to “punish Members who vote according to their conscience” instead of how he wants.