Thursday, October 17, 2013

Boustany Blames Republicans For Shutdown: “I’m not sure they’re Republicans”

Ahead of the debt ceiling vote last night, Congressman Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette) appeared to flip-flop and now blame his fellow Republicans for the government shutdown.

In the National Journal, Boustany said, “There are members with a different agenda and I’m not sure they’re Republicans and I’m not sure they’re conservative.”

He also called members of the Tea Party Caucus “members who are in complete denial about their responsibility to govern and to try to use conservative principles to get the best possible legislative package we can get.”

“This could trigger a wave of discontent that could wash out our Republican majority in the House if we’re not careful – it’s getting to that level.”

When the shutdown began, Boustany placed the blame for it squarely on President Obama saying, 

“President Obama promised to bring hope and change to Washington. Instead, he’s caved to an unpopular liberal agenda light on compromise and heavy on partisanship.”

By taking aim at his fellow Republicans who did stand their ground, it would appear that Boustany also caved.