Rep. Jeff Landry may have gotten bounced out of Congress last month when he lost the redrawn 3rd Congressional District to fellow Republican Rep. Charles Boustany — but Landry left with his reputation as a bomb thrower intact, slamming House Speaker John Boehner for being squishy on fiscal issues — specifically, the "fiscal cliff" vote, which passed with Boehner's support just days before the House was to elect a new Speaker.
"While establishment Republicans and the media blamed Tea Party conservatives for holding up a deal, we found out last night that Speaker Boehner was willing all along to balk 150 members of his caucus and join with the Democrats to raise taxes," Landry fumed in an op-ed, adding, "For our movement's sake, I hope someone steps up to the challenge tomorrow on the House floor." Landry also appeared on CNN, saying the vote put America "on a road to economic calamity."
The next day, only nine Republicans broke from party lockstep to vote for someone other than Boehner, who defeated Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi 220-192 to keep his speakership.
Landry is considered to be eyeing a faceoff against Mary Landrieu for her Senate seat. That election will be held next year. — KEVIN ALLMAN