Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) cast his vote for House Speaker on Wednesday for ousted former Speaker and current marijuana lobbyist John Boehner (R-OH). The Democrat side of the House chamber erupted into cheers when the chair announced Kelly’s vote for Boehner.
Boehner was forced out of the speakership in 2015 by a conservative uprising after he sought Democrat support to pass legislation opposed by a majority of Republicans. He is now a registered lobbyist for the marijuana industry despite opposing marijuana legalization while in office.
Kelly has introduced a resolution to expand the powers of Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and is seeking Democrat support to do so.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
“It’s a crazy idea, and it’s not gonna work, and it can’t work.” During Tuesday’s ballot, Kelly voted for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).
Despite serving in Congress for more than a decade, Kelly perhaps is best known for describing himself in 2019 as a “person of color” for being of Irish and Anglo-Saxon descent.