Conservative caucus could see another member quit…
This morning, Politico has a brief interview with Freedom Caucus member Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who was candid in saying that if Obamacare repeal efforts fail completely “then we probably saw the Freedom Caucus overplay their hand.”
The comment comes as the caucus questions their previous strategy on Obamacare repeal, a strategy that left the signature achievement of President Obama in place. Check out the key excerpt below (emphasis ours):
The heat has left some of the remaining members of the group questioning whether the Freedom Caucus did the right thing in delivering an embarrassing rebuke to their new Republican president. Some hope that Speaker Paul Ryan’s move this week to re-open negotiations on health care will give them another chance to get to “yes” — and save them from being faulted for the collapse of the GOP’s campaign to end Obamacare. “Here will be the test: My hope is the president will be inclined to allow the negotiations to go forward and we will be allowed to get a better bill than we did before,” said group member Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) in a brief interview Tuesday. “If we do, the Freedom Caucus will have a great equity in that conclusion. If we don’t, if we see the thing fail completely — nothing but shards around us — then we probably saw the Freedom Caucus overplay their hand… and I say that as a grateful member of the Freedom Caucus.”
On top of that, another caucus member is thinking about joining Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) in leaving the group:
As another caucus member, Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) contemplates leaving the group, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows has set out to try and strike a deal with moderates. The North Carolina Republican, typically chipper, looks worn down by the past several weeks. But he’s still hopeful it will be an “all-turns-out-well kind of story.”
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