by Gary Ray
For the first time in a century, the election of a new Speaker of the House could require a second round of voting as turmoil surrounds Speaker candidate Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s bid to replace exiting Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
McCarthy (R-CA) won 85% of the vote in a primary designed to provide direction in the selection process for the next Speaker. However, in recent weeks, more conservative members of the caucus have expressed reservations.
Over Christmas weekend, influential congressman Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) recommended his peers cast their votes for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
“I've gotten a lot of emails from people telling me that they don't want me to vote for Kevin McCarthy [for Speaker], and I do listen to what my constituents say.”
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 30, 2022
During Tuesday morning meetings in advance of today’s key vote, which Fox News depicted as “very hostile,” Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) was caught on a hot mic stating that McCarthy’s strategy for unifying the party and moving forward as Speaker was “bulls***”
Fox News reported that Boebert uttered her comment as McCarthy attempted to assuage the Party’s conservative members and secure their support.
The outlet added that Boebert’s comments were “not yelled or said into a microphone,” as some alleged.
In December, McCarthy announced he had the votes to cinch the coveted Speaker of the House position.
The third Speaker ballot has come to an end and nothing changed except Byron Donalds voting against McCarthy after supporting him on the first two ballots. 20 Republicans now opposed to Kevin.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 3, 2023