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Some Tea Party members dissatisfied with Speaker John Boehner

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -

Tea party members have been some of Speaker Boehner's biggest supporters; many even traveled to Washington D.C. to watch him be sworn in as Speaker of the House.  Now some are saying Boehner isn't being the bold leader he promised to be.

"There is a dissatisfaction with what John is doing right now and there is also a dissatisfaction with the mood or the tenor of things he says," said Jim Lewis, co-founder of the West Chester Tea Party.

Lewis said he was part of a small group of tea party members that met with Boehner on April 25, 2011.

"We were talking about the debt ceiling, and in that conversation it came up that yes the debt ceiling will have to be raised now and will probably have to be raised several more times," said Lewis.

When the U.S. reached it's legal debt limit earlier this week, Boehner released this statement: "There will be no debt limit increase without serious budget reforms and significant spending cuts - cuts that are greater than any increase in the debt limit."

Tea partiers say they're ready for those cuts to be implemented.

"We would like to see the $100 billion they promised in the first year in cuts, which never materialized, we would like to see that," said Lewis. "We would like to see spending decreased across the board."

Speaker John Boehner's office released this statement to FOX19:

"Speaker Boehner has great respect for the tea party movement and identifies closely with many who consider themselves part of the movement. Not every tea party activist agrees with him on his approach to every issue, but he appreciates the input he receives both from those who do and from those who don't. The American people have a right to hold their leaders' feet to the fire, and he'd be disappointed if they did anything less."

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