The feud between Republicans over who should lead the new Republican majority House or Representatives a "Speaker" continues to take a nasty tone.
This evening, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), an opponent of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) becoming Speaker, fired off a letter to the Capitol Architect. It states that McCarthy is improperly "occupying" the Speaker's office after three successive votes today failed to give him the majority needed for him to become Speaker.
"...it seems Mr. McCarthy can no longer be considered Speaker-Designate following today's balloting," reads the letter by Gaetz.
McCarthy is considered an establishment Republican, while some Republicans are pushing for a different leader such as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who has said he will not run for or take the job.
McCarthy has gotten most of the Republican votes in balloting so far, but not the majority needed to install him in the spot as Speaker. He says he will continue to run and call for votes until he wins enough support.
Whoever is elected Speaker replaces Democrat Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) in that post.
Read the Gaetz letter below.
There are many who applaud the effort to elect a Speaker who will actually be conservative. Pushing these stagnant, swampy status quo politicians to actually represent those who elected them requires persistence and apparently a little pugilence. That's politics.
McCarthy (like Ryan) has a history of caving to establishment . We need a congressional leader that has a spine and fix the problems.
I really like Jim Jordan (OH). He is a fighter. There are only a few in congress like him, so putting him in an administrative roll might diminish his strength.
I liked the quote about McCarthy about his support is a mile wide, but an inch deep - evaporates quickly.
Bill Andrews says
I Don't know and Do not want to speculate on this matter but this eerie evil stuff going on Now days ??? Like Example : The politicians in Muncie, IN. was always complaining about Money and spending in front of the Camera like they all do, but 9-times out of 10 they and there co people behind the camera always turn out to be up to other no good things ? This morning I herd on the Indianapolis news channel in past 2 days most of the Town's elected people was Arrested by FBI and or others running a Money Ponzi while in past was in the city news paper and weekend politics TV complaining about spending .. You'll have to check into it all details of these facts ? = Do as I say don't get caught doing what we all do ???
I don’t like McCarthy.
We don’t need another narcissistic self serving politician in a leadership position.
I wish Steve Scalise would step up.
I thought Democrats were bad, and in so many ways they are and far worse than Republicans. If Republicans can't unite and select a speaker how are they going to unite and reign in the Democrats assault on America and Americans?
McCarthy may not be the best candidate, but is this squabbling doing any good? If Gaetz and the rest don't like McCarthy where is their candidate? Nominate another person for speaker and take that to a vote.
If they can't vote for McCarthy and won't put forth their own viable candidate, then at the very least, vote present and reduce the threshold so a speaker can be elected and stop acting like spoiled brats.