Ithaca, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Republican Party voted last week to declare that it has “no confidence” in the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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The resolution passed by a 7-5 margin, according to Legal Insurrection.

Here’s the text of the resolution, as provided by Rocco Lucente, chair of the GOP in the Town of Ulysses, and reported in Legal Insurrection:

“Resolved that the Tompkins County Republican Party, speaking through its Executive Committee:

1) Has no confidence in the “leadership” of House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and requests the respective Republican congressional caucuses to move to substitute new leaders who will vigorously contest the President’s and executive branch’s unconstitutional or over reaching executive orders and actions.

2) To show seriousness of purpose, restore Constitutional checks and balances, and avoid an effective presidential dictatorship, the Tompkins County Republican Party urges our congressional leaders to vigorously use legal challenges, budget reconciliation, funding power, the treaty power, altering filibuster rules if necessary, and refusal to bring to the floor of the Senate any presidential appointments requiring confirmation while not recessing to avoid presidential interim appointments.

Tompkins County committee members have slammed the Republican Congressional leadership for showing “that they are not willing to fulfill the pledges they repeatedly have made to push back hard using all the tools in their arsenal against President Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs and his administration’s ruinous policies,” according to Legal Insurrection.

Lucente, who stressed that his views do not represent the official party position, said that the no confidence vote “sends a message that is loud and clear.”

“This no confidence vote sends a message that is loud and clear. A message that should resonate with Republicans across the state. We demand that our elected officials abide by the Constitution and the Republican Platform,” Lucente said in an email.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.