Are Republicans in Congress Being Punished for Voting Independently?

John Boehner

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner kicked 3 conservatives off the whip team for opposing Obamatrade. Message received.

This week, it appears the intimidation tactics continue.

The Hill reports:

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has removed Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) from his post as a subcommittee chairman, according to a Chaffetz spokesperson. The removal comes after Meadows bucked House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in opposing a vote that would give President Obama expanded powers to “fast track” his trade agenda.

The fast-track measure eventually passed Thursday after a second vote on the issue.

This is Thug Politics at it’s worst. Conservatives in Congress were elected to represent the constituents in their districts, not the personal preferences of GOP House leadership. With friends like the GOP establishment, who needs the Democrats?