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Harris betrayed GOP voters to support Boehner

Your article "Harris questions Boehner in meeting" (Jan. 7) is proof that the survival of House Speaker John Boehner against the conservative revolt in his caucus contains a large dose of moral bankruptcy, and that Rep. Andy Harris played an important role in the saga.

The 2014 elections resulted in a landslide victory of Republican voters. Mr. Boehner was supposed to facilitate the overthrow of the Democratic-controlled Congress and promised to implement the wishes of GOP voters when the new session of Congress convened in January.

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But what in fact occurred? Speaker Boehner broke his promise and decided to align with President Barack Obama on the crucial issue of the budget, an act that was contrary to the wishes of many Republicans.

On the first day of the new Congress, 25 rank-and-file Republicans staged an uprising in an attempt to oust Mr. Boehner as Speaker. Who wasn't one of the dissidents challenging Mr. Boehner? None other than Congressman Harris.

Mr. Harris' support for Mr. Boehner, in effect, was a blatant act of disloyalty to the wishes of his Republican constituents, and an obvious show of loyalty to his own self-serving interests. For all intents and purposes, he is a typical career politician who is not worried about screwing the constituents for his own personal and political gain.

What's more, the revolt of the rebels was not without consequences. As the article mentioned, Mr. Boehner has been quick to assert his authority, inflicting punishment on those who chose to withhold their support by stripping them of various committee assignments. This is the name of the game with these career politicians. It comes as no surprise.

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

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