House GOPer Calls Boehner Coup-Plotting Reps ‘Right-Wing Marxists’

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., questions ousted IRS Chief Steve Miller and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, as they testify during a hearing at the House Ways and Means Committee on ... Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., questions ousted IRS Chief Steve Miller and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, as they testify during a hearing at the House Ways and Means Committee on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Friday, May 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) MORE LESS
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The hard-right caucus reportedly plotting a coup against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) may think they are standing up for conservative principals. But members of their own party see their antics as a boon to Democrats.

“The right-wing Marxist [sic] have teamed up with Pelosi. They’re the ones who always team up with Pelosi. They are the Pelosi Republicans,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), a Boehner ally, told The Hill. “The Freedom Caucus is an arm of Pelosi.”

As lawmakers brace for a possible government shutdown, Boehner’s supporters have expressed concerns that the conservative members pushing for a shutdown will use any compromise the speaker makes to avert it as an excuse to overthrow him. According to The Hill report, Democrats have said they would help keep Boehner in power if Republican hardliners attempted to unseat him.

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