Opening Act: You Would Be Fired If This Goes Outb

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Jan. 4 2013 8:18 AM

Opening Act: You Would Be Fired If This Goes Outb

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Members of the 113th US House of Representatives take their oath as they are sworn in during the opening session at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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Politico zooms into a photo and gets the best story out of yesterday's almost-Boehnerdammerung.

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Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) — who was recently removed from key committees and supported Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for speaker — sat on the House floor during the speaker vote brandishing an iPad. A message was displayed on the screen ticking off members of the House Republican Conference he hoped would oppose the sitting speaker. The title of the document: “You would be fired if this goes out.”
Among the Republicans on the list were Reps. Steve King (Iowa), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Scott Garrett (N.J.), Steve Fincher (Tenn.) and Scott Desjarlais (Tenn.). All of them ultimately supported Boehner.
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