House GOP Crows Over Brown Win

Posted January 20, 2010 at 10:32am

A jubilant group of House GOP leaders on Wednesday congratulated Republican state Sen. Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate special election, saying the win represents an end to the “arrogance— of the Democratic agenda.

“This is a good day, but it is not so much a good day for Republicans, but it is a good day for the American people,— House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) said.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Brown’s victory is the latest in a series of signs of a “political rebellion— in the country.

Boehner said the health care town hall protests over the summer coupled with the GOP gubernatorial victories last fall in New Jersey and Virginia are evidence that voters are dissatisfied with the Democratic majority.

But, Boehner said, Democrats still refuse to listen.

“It’s pretty clear while the American people continue to speak, the Democratic leadership here in this House continues to ignore them and is looking for some way to continue to press this health care bill to a vote,— Boehner said. “It’s that kind of arrogance that has the American people about ready to pull their hair out and about ready to throw every Democrat out of here.—

Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) compared Brown’s 5-point victory over state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) to the tale of David and Goliath.

“The election in Massachusetts for Sen.-elect Brown was much about an election that rejected arrogance,— Cantor said. “The message has been sent to Democrats, listen to the people. Heed their priorities.—

Cantor said Republicans were still willing to work with Democrats on a number of policies but said that the Democrats would need to open their doors and listen to their ideas.

“I remember a few months ago when I met with Majority Leader [Steny] Hoyer, and I would guess that this morning that perhaps he’s thinking maybe he should have paid more attention to that meeting,— Cantor said.