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House Speaker-designate Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio).
If the phrase "inside the beltway" has ever been more of a way to disparage a Washington out-of-touch with the rest of the country, it's hard to remember when.
Which helps to explain why Republicans have made it a point to consistently emphasize that they're getting their ideas not from within the political hothouse of Washington, but from the grassroots, including the Tea Party movement.
They know voters don't like it when they think their politicians are ignoring them which in American history happens with regularity.
In that vein, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) is scheduled to host on Wednesday what his office is calling a summit for new Republican governors. His announcement:
House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) announced today that he will host a summit meeting in the U.S. Capitol on December 1st with the nation’s newly-elected Republican governors. Topping the agenda will be spending cuts and jobs — including repeal of the job-killing health care law, an objective for which Boehner envisions a collaborative effort among reform-minded GOP governors and legislators similar to the one that resulted in enactment of the successful 1996 welfare reforms.
“Washington doesn’t have all the answers, and the best solutions usually come from outside the Beltway,” Boehner said. “Republicans may still be outnumbered in Washington, but with the American people and reform-minded governors standing with us, there’s a lot we can do together to stop runaway government spending and help small businesses get back to creating jobs.”
Governors-elect expected to attend include Robert Bentley (AL), Rick Scott (FL), Terry Branstad (IA), Sam Brownback (KS), Paul LePage (ME), Rick Snyder (MI), Brian Sandoval (NV), Susana Martinez (NM), John Kasich (OH), Mary Fallin (OK), Tom Corbett (PA), Nikki Haley (SC), Dennis Daugaard (SD), Bill Haslam (TN) and Matt Mead (WY). Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other congressional Republicans are also expected to participate.