BY Richard Moorhead, The Western JournalJanuary 4, 2023
1 year ago

MTG Flips Out After Anti-McCarthy Republicans Block Bid for Speaker

Conservative firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene isn't happy after a group of Republicans tanked Kevin McCarthy's bid to become the speaker of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

McCarthy failed to secure the speaker's gavel in three separate votes on Tuesday, bringing his candidacy for the position in question.

Twenty Republicans voted for an alternate candidate in the final speaker vote.

Greene unleashed a tweet storm after the House adjourned, accusing Republican dissidents of obstructionism.

The Georgia congresswoman pointed out that members of Congress can't even be properly sworn in before a speaker is elected.

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Greene even suggested that Republican holdouts could jeopardize the party's slim majority, opening the door for Democrats to sneak through a speaker candidate of their own with the votes of swing Republicans.

Greene pointed out that one alternative supported by anti-McCarthy Republicans has shown no ambition for the Speaker's gavel.

Jim Jordan received the votes of the twenty Republicans who refused to support McCarthy in the third speaker vote of the day, according to Newsmax.

Any Republican candidate for speaker can only afford four defections within their own party, according to Time.

With no candidate for speaker possessing a clear path to position, some conservatives have suggested that House Majority Leader Steve Scalise could be an alternative to Jordan and McCarthy.

Greene singled out Rep. Matt Gaetz as a "destructionist," claiming with disruptions like this, "that's why Republicans fail."

It's not clear if Republicans intend to force another vote for speaker on Wednesday.

One anonymous lawmaker suggested that McCarthy could potentially secure support (or "present") votes from Democrats to secure the speaker's gavel, according to CNN.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: Richard Moorhead, The Western Journal

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