Rep. Mike Kelly's locker room speech in favor of House Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling bill didn't go over well with everyone. The Hill reports today that some tea party groups are going after Kelly and three colleagues as "defectors." Though the two more well-known groups -- Tea Party Express and Tea Party Nation -- distanced themselves from the effort and said their names were taken in vain in the press release, the fire from the right shows why so many GOP'ers were jumpy last night:
The four represent necessary votes for Boehner, who spent Thursday whipping members of his conference, only to postpone a vote on his proposal because of a lack of votes. One lawmaker told The Hill that fears of Tea Party primary challenges in next year's election have hurt the GOP whipping operation.
The four lawmakers swept into office in 2010, midterm elections in which the Tea Party movement has been credited with a significant role in winning back the Republican majority in the House.