Palazzo gets flak from TEA Party for backing Boehner for speaker

WASHINGTON — When U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo decided to back John Boehner for speaker of the House this week, the vote prompted the kind of fiery broadside from a TEA Party loyalist back home that reflects the turmoil that abounds within the Republican Party when strident conservatives meet regular conservatives.

Trying to avoid casting a “purely symbolic vote” he knew would not keep Boehner from the speaker’s chair, Palazzo had a “man-to-man” meeting Boehner to air his “grievances.” Palazzo extracted what he called a pledge from Boehner to “stand up to the liberal agenda of President (Barack) Obama.”

But that wasn’t nearly enough for Barry Neyrey, chairman of the South Mississippi TEA Party.

“Dear Rep. Palazzo,” Neyrey posted on his Facebook page, “As chairman of the South Ms Tea Party, I will work tirelessly to see that you don’t get another term.”