While incumbent Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was easily reelected by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Congressman and longtime State Lawmaker, Daniel Webster, picked up a vote which sent social media into frenzy over the identity of the current Congressman of the 11th District against that of the American Statesman from the 1800’s and a momentary buzz over possible GOP defection from Ryan.
“To drain the swamp, Daniel Webster” said Kentucky Republican Tom Massie.
While Webster has run for Speaker of the House twice before in recent years and has been serving in Washington since 2011, he began trending on Twitter for the case of mistaken identity.
Here a couple of tweets which followed the vote.
“Daniel Webster got a vote. He’s been pushing up daisies as long as Pelosi. Well ok 20 yrs longer. Common Core does that to ya.”
“Somebody just voted for Daniel Webster for Federal House Speaker – He died in 1852”
“Did someone just vote for Daniel Webster as speaker of the house?!”
“To help drain the swamp, Daniel Webster.” Who the f is Daniel Webster?”
So I guess there is another Daniel Webster …. okay, who knew? “Another Bobka?
“Can we assume that vote was for Daniel Webster from Florida and not Millard Fillmore’s Secretary of State?”
Massie’s vote was the only defection from Ryan. Webster is representing the 11th District during this term after shifting from the 10th which leaned sharp left after redistricting.
Webster was recruited to run against progressive firebrand Alan Grayson in 2010 and actually defeated Val Demings in 2012, who is now is successor in the 10th district.
During his time in Washington, he’s drawn admiration from both all sides for his soft spoken and pragmatic approach to legislating.