MTG Endorses Kevin McCarthy
(ConservativeSense.com) – As of Wednesday, November 16, more than a week after the November 8 midterm elections, Republicans can finally claim control of the House of Representatives for the next term. Perhaps it wasn’t the cleansing red wave pundits predicted leading up to the election, but it will still afford GOP leaders opportunities. Choosing a new house Speaker will come first, and outspoken MAGA Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has broken with the Freedom Caucus to endorse the current House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Despite her past differences and harsh words for McCarthy, Greene explained to Trump ally Steve Bannon why she felt it was important to support McCarthy’s bid for speaker on the November 14 “The War Room” podcast. After she reminded the audience how close the margin in the House remains, she stated a speaker nominee requires 218 votes from the full House to obtain the position. She insisted the party needs unity, or Democrats could usurp the speakership, placing someone like Liz Cheney (R-WY) into the role.
Rep Marjorie Taylor-Greene outside House GOP meeting:
“If we don't unify behind Kevin McCarthy, we're opening up the door for the Democrats to be able to recruit some of our Republicans and they may only need one or two since we don't know what we will have in the majority”
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) November 15, 2022
While every house speaker historically has also served as a House member, Constitutionally, no requirement for that exists. Allegedly, the House Freedom Caucus, of which Greene is a member, circulated a memo suggesting a plan to elect former President Donald Trump to the speakership, according to National File. Greene expressed concerns because a fractured Republican caucus might open the door for Democrats. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was especially disappointed by Greene’s endorsement.
Matt Gaetz on the possibility of Liz Cheney becoming Speaker if Kevin McCarthy is challenged: "There are definitely at least five people, actually a lot more than that, who would rather
be waterboarded by Liz Cheney than vote for Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House." pic.twitter.com/yK4uB2R55v
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) November 14, 2022
On Tuesday, November 15, McCarthy pushed through a vote to nominate House GOP leadership over protests. Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ), a staunch Freedom Caucus member, opposed McCarthy in his bid for the speakership and received 31 votes to McCarthy’s 188.
Admittedly, McCarthy likely faces an uphill battle in bringing together the GOP caucus. Still, if he won Greene over, reasons exist to hope he can persuade the rest of the Freedom Caucus and other far-right Republicans to support his leadership bid and unify the party, especially with backing from Trump.
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