Dan Holler, a spokesman for Heritage Action for America, sharply rejected Boehner’s charge that outside groups such as his have lost credibility by opposing the latest budget deal, saying that conservative organizations are merely reflecting the sentiments of their grassroots activists.
“The more information that gets out about this deal, the harder it is for members to vote yes and go back home and explain that vote,” Holler said. “That’s where the rub is.”
“Let’s be honest,” he added. “Conservatives back home are not going to buy this deal.”
The latest slam by Boehner against groups such as Heritage Action, which has been a persistent thorn in the side of the Republican leadership, deepens the divide in the party and could further stymie action in the House, Holler warned.
The GOP leadership could have acknowledged that there was debate among Republicans about the deal, Holler said.
“That’s not the path they chose,” he added. “If there is a sense -- and the facts back this up -- that conservatives are not welcome as part of the Republican majority, that has huge implications for governing next year. If the Speaker is willing to cast off conservatives, the policies you get in a spending bill are very different. Whether and how you advance immigration looks different.”
And conservative voters “are not going to motivate to turn out in November 2014 if the message from Washington is, ‘We use you guys to get elected,’” but don’t involve you in governing, he added.