Congressman Gary Palmer, AL-06, made the following statement today concerning his vote for new Congressional leadership:
"Today, I honored my commitment to the people who elected me by not voting for John Boehner as Speaker. That commitment alone might not have determined the outcome of the election, but it was one that I was honor-bound to keep. That obligation has now been met.
Some people might question my judgment on this and other matters, but as much as it depends on me, I intend to conduct myself in such a way that no sensible or fair minded person can credibly question my character.
I have often joked that, when I grow up, I want to be like Jeff Sessions, so I wanted to honor him, especially after he was denied the chance to chair the Senate Budget Committee. He is a man of high character and intellect and has not wavered under the pressure of Washington. His name now ranks among those who have been nominated as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Speaker Boehner has been retained, and I will work with him in an effort to improve the nation. I'm honored to represent the people in the 6th District of Alabama and to bring their views to Washington."