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January 4th, 2013
09:22 AM ET

Fmr. Rep. LaTourette: Boehner vote defections 'not a good sign'

Rep. John Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House yesterday after roughly a dozen of his Republican colleagues voted for someone else or withheld their vote in protest of his leadership.

On Starting Point this morning, Former Congressman Steve LaTourette discusses these defections, saying that they don’t “send a good signal” and is really “not a good way to start your career.”

“They really have to come to terms with why they are here,” LaTourette says. “If they’re just here to vote no, we can train a monkey to come and vote no. If they’re here to legislate then they need to be serious about legislating and that’s finding common ground and not saying its 100% or nothing. That’s really not how the system was built.”

The Ohio Republican also discusses the incoming freshman class in Congress and responds to the optimism of Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro.

“They’ll knock that right out of him in the first couple months,” LaTourette remarks. “You’re serving with 434 other high school class presidents. There’s a lot of A type personalities in Congress and it’s very difficult for one voice to punch through. But if he’s got 60 or 70 of his friends that are willing to make a go of it and he can shame some of these other chuckleheads who have done nothing than stand in the way of progress, maybe he can get something done.”

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