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Unconfirmed rumor: Boehner removing conservatives from finance-related committees; Update: Rumor is true

Boehner is talking tough on debt and spending, but many conservatives remain skeptical.

If it pans out, the news passed along by Erick Erickson would be a very bad sign.


Rep. David Schweikert has been booted from the Financial Services Committee:

Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) booted from House Financial Services Committee…

— Michael Wong (@w0ng) December 3, 2012

Apparently for failing to toe the establishment line:

Definitely. @barneykeller Hear Schweikert got the boot from Fin. Serv. Committee. Consequence of being too conservative for GOP leadership?

— Andy Roth (@andyroth) December 3, 2012

David Schweikert was booted from the Financial Services Committee because reportedly his “votes were not in lockstep with leadership.”

— Julie Borowski (@JulieBorowski) December 3, 2012

Schweikert is not the only conservative who’s gotten the ax. Reps. Justin Amash and Tim Huelskamp have also been ousted from the Budget Committee.

Groups like FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth are less than happy with the House’s purge of reliable fiscal conservatives:

. @speakerboehner boots Schweikert from Financial Services Committee? #HostileTakeover #FailedLeadership

— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) December 3, 2012

Club for Growth issues a statement of support for Schweikert, Amash, Huelskamp — lost committee spots for bucking GOP leadership.

— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) December 3, 2012

If true, #TCOT should be outraged at @speakerboehner. Amash, Jones, Schweikert, and Huelskamp lose key committee spots…

— Campaign for Liberty (@C4Liberty) December 3, 2012

This news doesn’t bode well for conservatives hoping for Boehner et al. to stand firm against fiscal irresponsibility:

I think we all just saw a very ugly side of speaker john boehner. Kicking Schweikert off Finance and Amash off Budget was bold and stupid.

— Camille Scarcella (@Cscarcella) December 3, 2012

Today represents the fact that there is a clear divide between the establishment and true conservatives. Boehner should be ashamed.

— Celia Bigelow (@CeliaBigelow) December 3, 2012

Taxpayer heroes Schweikert, Huelskamp axed from Financial Services, Budget respectively. Who else will leadership purge?

— amoylan (@amoylan) December 3, 2012

Only time will tell. But with our country in such a precarious position, we cannot afford to lose strong advocates for fiscal conservatism. Speaker Boehner and the GOP need to remember who they work for.

Newsflash for the GOP: opposition to taxes and spending is the only reason most of us tolerate you. Barely.

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) December 3, 2012

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