Brat, Clawson+Gowdy Top Conservative Wishlist For New Speaker

Brat, Clawson+Gowdy Top Conservative Wishlist For New Speaker

With the abrupt departure of John Boehner as Speaker of the House (and Congress altogether) speculation is running rampant as to who will replace the Ohio Congressman in the House’s top leadership spot.

While House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is undoubtedly the likely successor, the top names that keep coming up in the conversation among conservative grassroots activists and leaders include Rep. Dave Brat, the Virginia Rep. who defeated Eric Cantor, Rep. Curt Clawson, the former CEO who famously challenged Pres. Obama to a basketball game in an ad, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chief House investigator for the Benghazi attack.

Also on the buzz list? Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Justin Amash of Michigan…Of the group, Hensarling is arguably the best positioned to make a move, but all have grasssroots “street cred.”

According to Tea Party Express Executive Director Taylor Budowich, Boehner’s exit is a chance to move House leadership in a new direction.

“Leadership hasn’t reflected the changes in Congress that have been happening since 2010.” Budowich said. “This is a great opportunity-leadership needs to be more reflective of the new passion and energy.”

Budowich was surprised by Boehner’s sudden departure.

“It’s been a tumultuous time and there was talk of a coup, but I at least expected him to finish his term,” Budowich said.

Budowich believes it’s important for the new leadership to include someone elected since 2010.

“Leadership is usually the antithesis of outsider, but that’s what the public wants,” Budowich said. “The problem and frustration is that the agenda in D.C. doesn’t reflect the priorities of the public at large, nor conservatives.”

Names with conservative buzz include Brat, Clawson, or Gowdy-all would do well in the House’s top spot, or in another leadership slot like House Majority Leader, Budowich said when asked.

“I’d agree with all those names,” Budowich said. “Conservative activists want someone in leadership that represents the new face of the party.”

Tea Party Express Executive Director Taylor Budowich

Budowich points to Florida Rep. Curt Clawson as a standout.

“Clawson is the perfect example of an outsider leader,” Budowich said. “A former CEO who knows how to get things done yet stays true to conservative values, he represents Tea Party ideals through and through. He saw problems and stepped up to fix them, and he’s strong communicator with a passion to do a great job. That’s why Southwest Florida voters elected him with significant support.”

Budowich says that even if the next Speaker is not from the House Freedom Caucus, the HFC should have a seat at the table.

“The leadership should be reflective of the conference,” Budowich said. “Conservatives feel left out of the process, diverse leadership more inclusive of conservatives can help get everyone on the same page. And I believe everyone is working for the same cause, even John Boehner, but his agenda just wasn’t reflective of the conservatives who brought the GOP to power. The next Speaker should recognize that and put someone like Clawson or Brat or Gowdy in leadership.”

Who would you like to see as the new Speaker? If Kevin McCarthy wins, who should take his spot as House Majority Leader? Let us know in the comments below!



  1. I believe Trey Gowdy would do a standup job. I am not familiar with the other two candidates, though they might both be capable. I know I want someone who will do the job without being influenced by his party. Do what is best for our nation, not the big spenders!

  2. Draft Allen West simply an honest man that you can trust that actually has the backbone to do the right thing for America

  3. The replacement will be just as neocon as boehner was. The fools in DC will never do as WE THE PEOPLE demand. And boehner will do as much destruction as possible before he leaves as revenge for the coup.
    I really wish that one time, the “representatives” we elect would do as we want.
    I dont put my faith in any man to fix this problem in DC, but Trey Gowdy sure would shake things up a lot. He wouldnt bow down to the leftists like boehner always did.

  4. Conservatives are not the only people in the Republican base that is looking for leadership from anyone other than the D.C. Cartel that Senator Cruz refers to. I do not consider myself all that conservative. But I damn sure don’t approve of the way the Republican Party has been managed or how the entrenched senators and congressmen and women feel little or no obligation to the voters you put them into congress in the first place.

  5. You know all the House dems are going to vote for Pelosi. Whoever the Republicans vote for….It better be unanimous.

  6. Certainly not Amash of MI – he’s not put forth a single bill since coming aboard the GOP train. Look it up!

  7. Getting word from my reps assistant that ‘there are “workings of the
    house” that require a speaker possessing information on how things work.
    I wonder if she means someone who knows how to do nothing about
    Obama’s pen and phone. He’ll probably vote for this guy McCarthy
    because they know what’s good for us. Nothing like a GOP congress
    without courage: They won’t stop funding of planned parenthood, though
    (PP) is broadcasting the black market sale of human organs, They wont
    assign a special prosecutor for the IRS emails, fast and furious, or
    Benghazi, they won’t defund obama care, though we demand them to shut
    down the government to stop this taxation without representation. Part
    of the reason this congress is afraid of restraining government spending
    by the power of the purse, or enforcing immigration laws is because
    coupled with the farm subsides many a congressman receives, they’re in
    all likelihood, without being “aware”, employing illegal aliens by use
    of third party staffing agencies. There’s a reason the constitution
    talks about what to do with tyrants; consider it “Being a Patriot for
    Dummies” and read it! These dirty thieves need to go!

  8. No to McCarthy, he is just another RINO under the old RINO guard. New blood and a more conservative blood line too. Do you actually think the Dumbocrats would install anything other them hard core leftist, just look at what they did to us from 2006-2010 we are in one hell of a mess and RINO’s have no chance or no inclination to do anything about it.

    • This is going to be nothing more than a rearranging of the deckchairs. It’s likely we can only look forward to the inevitable sinking.

  9. How about Louie Gohmert? I’ve heard some good things about him; he seems to be principled, and with a spine, with a strong sense of ethics.

  10. The Speaker Of The House does not have to be a sitting member of Congress. Draft Ron Paul to clean up this mess.

  11. The RINO Establishment is moving quickly to ram McCarthy down our throats.
    There is NO TIME to play pie-in-the-sky “fantasy football” with your favorite conservative names.

    Conservatives MUST rally around a single “not McCarthy” candidate if they want to stop him.
    That candidate MUST be someone who has thrown their hat in the ring.

    Unfortunately House Conservatives are all COWARDS and will snipe and complain, but none have the courage of their convictions to run for Speaker themselves.

    So, unless that changes QUICKLY, you are left with rallying to Daniel Webster, or getting saddled with Kevin McCarthy.


  12. If we end up with McCarthy, then all we will have accomplished is shuffling the deck chairs again. The war will continue.

  13. Just saw Brat on Cavuto. He’d make a good Speaker. Shot down Boehner’s silly argument about conservatives

  14. We don’t know the other two, and others, because the RINO “leadership” sent them into the cloak room to fetch coffee and donuts after we voted them in to change things and get after the Left on their destructive policies and agendas.

  15. It doesn’t help when reports came out that “conservatives” liked McCarthy. Which ones, the rinocrat wing that gave us Boo Hoo Boehner?

  16. McCarthy??? Not no, but hell no….the base wants change or we will walk. Look at the poll numbers of the other RINOs you have ran this election…..Is this what you want?

  17. Trey Gowdy in a heartbeat! Sorry, but I must disagree regarding Allen West. I’m from So. Fla and know of him well. Don’t blame redistricting too much for his not being reelected. Do your own vetting.

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