Club For Growth: Foxx, Meadows, Jones MOST conservative NCGOPers in House for 2014


Each year, you have all kinds of groups ranking members of Congress according  to their voting records.  The Club For Growth, for instance, champions the concepts of limited government and fiscal conservatism.  That organization ranks members of the House and Senate from 1 to 435 — best to worst — according to how well they adhere to those concepts.  (A #1 ranking makes you an ideal conservative on fiscal issues, while a #435 ranking makes you a complete commie.) 

Michigan’s Justin Amash (R) is the Club’s top choice for 2014.  They’ve ranked him #1, with Jeff Duncan (R) of South Carolina coming in a close second.  You have to look down the list all the way to #31 before you see your first Tar Heel pol — Virginia Foxx.  

Mark Meadows (R-NC-11) comes in at #37, with Walter Jones coming in close behind at #39.  George Holding followed at #43 and Robert Pittenger tailed him at #48.

Patrick McHenry, also the House’s chief deputy whip, came in at #65, and his buddy Richard Hudson came in close behind at #68.

Howard Coble finished up his career with a #154 ranking, while Renee Ellmers rounded out the group at a dismal #173 ranking.

Over in the Senate, Richard Burr came in at #21 of the 100 members of that body.  Kay Hagan finished her career in that body ranked #67.   For South Carolina, Tim Scott (R) was ranked #10, and Lindsey Graham was ranked #35.

Here are the key votes used to compile the rankings for House members.  Here are the key votes used for the Senate rankings



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Jones Votes Against Boehner, Stands With Third District


Two NC congressmen vote against Boehner

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. He was re-elected speaker Tuesday despite tea party opposition. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Two U.S. House Republicans from North Carolina were part of a GOP bloc that voted Tuesday against re-electing Ohio Congressman John Boehner as House speaker, while one conservative Republican reversed course and backed the sometimes controversial leader.

Boehner was re-elected to the top job in the U.S. House despite opposition from conservatives. 

Eleventh District Congressman Mark Meadows and 3rd District Congressman Walter Jones, both conservative North Carolina Republicans, voted against Boehner, according to news reports. Instead, they backed Florida Republican Congressman Dan Webster, a favorite among the tea party. Boehner is unpopular with the more stridently conservative wing of the GOP. 

Meanwhile, Mark Walker, a conservative freshman representing the Greensboro-based 6th Congressional District, issued a news release to explain why he backed Boehner.

"This 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," Walker said in a news release. "I plan to keep the speaker, and the whole House leadership team, accountable – 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."

Walker had been critical of Boehner during the primary, in which he beat out a field that included former Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., the son of a high-profile state senate leader. But The Hill newspaper noted, "Walker received $10,000 from Boehner’s leadership PAC."

Of Webster and other opposition candidates, Walker said, "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."



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