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Congressman Ted Yoho Defends His Vote Against John Boehner's Speakership

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., issued a statement Thursday evening defending his vote for U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, against incumbent and re-electee John Boehner.

Many conservatives and libertarians from within the Republican Party have lambasted Boehner for what they believe to be his compromise on key party principles.

I came to Congress for a cause not a job," Yoho said in his press release. "I came here to make a difference and to stand up for what is right for America not a political party. The gridlock in Washington is killing the American republic. The people that I represent have had enough.

My vote today for Congressman Cantor was a signal that I will hold leadership accountable and challenge leadership when I feel that it is the right thing to do just like I am held accountable to the people of my district. However, it was also a signal that I believe in team work and will work with leadership to get things done. Congressman Cantor is part of leadership.

We have gotten lost. What I have seen from the Republican party is the rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic. Our ship called America is sinking. We have to right the ship.

We are in dire need of strong leadership that is willing to put our nation first not a political party. I am looking forward to getting to work and restoring the faith of the American people in their elected officials.

Yoho, widely expected to make a name for himself as one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, represents North Central Floridas 3rd Congressional District. He is a large-animal veterinarian and conservative business owner by trade.

Check out our August exclusive interview with Yoho.

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