House Freedom Caucus boots member who backed primary challenger against chairman

The House Freedom Caucus has just booted a member who endorsed Trump’s ‘revenge’ primary challenger against HFC chairman Bob Good.

As a result, Troy Nehls is leaving the group as well.

Here’s more via Townhall:

The House Freedom Caucus voted to remove Rep. Warren Davidson from the group on Monday after the Ohio Republican’s endorsement of the primary challenger to the HFC’s chairman, Rep. Bob Good (R-VA).

The 16-13 vote came weeks after members voted to open a review into Davidson’s standing after his support for John McGuire, who defeated Good by a razor-thin margin in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Good’s campaign has said it will pursue a recount “to settle any questions about the fairness or transparency of the election process.”

According to Politico, “Davidson was found to be not in good standing — a distinction normally applied to members who don’t pay their dues or skip meetings — which made it easier to remove him on procedural rules, one of the members said.”

Following Davidson’s ouster, Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) said he would leave the group.

“I respect the HFC and have been aligned with their conservative positions. I want to grow the organization and encourage more members to join. With tonight’s vote it was clear that is not their objective. I value what the HFC brings to the table and I can assure them I will continue to support their conservative agenda I just won’t be a member,” Davidson told The Hill in a statement.

Davidson’s removal marks the third time this Congress a member has been kicked out. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was given the boot, as was former Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) shortly before he left Congress.

Apparently there was already some bad blood between Davidson and Good. But what bothers me is the basis on which all of this went down. It was because of Trump’s petty and vindicative demand for loyalty after Good dared support DeSantis during the primary.

I just hope the HFC can move on and keep pushing Republicans toward more conservative policies. That’s going to be crucial if Republicans win big in November.

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