House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy learns today whether he will take over as speaker from Nancy Pelosi.
If he does, it will be without the support of GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz.
On Monday, as McCarthy was desperately fishing for support to secure his new post, Gaetz announced that he was a committed “nay” vote.
Moreover, Gaetz told The Washington Times on Monday that four other pro-Trump lawmakers remained unpersuaded to get on Team McCarthy.
“I’m a no,” the Fort Walton Beach Republican told a reporter as he left a meeting with McCarthy that was described as “brief and productive,” according to the Times. Gaetz met with McCarthy as well as House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado.
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Gaetz emphasized the point on Monday with a pair of tweets.
One pushed out a tweet by the conservative Columbia Bugle website that rehashed Gaetz’s recent op-ed opposing McCarthy. In the piece, published last month, Gaetz argued McCarthy has no strong ideological foundation, and that the would-be speaker “knows he will end up failing Republicans and caving to liberals.”
The other tweet by Gaetz circulated a post by the conservative business group Club for Growth. In its comments, Club for Growth said lawmakers should reject a “business as usual” candidate and support a speaker who, among other steps, includes a “true conservative” in the senior House leadership and will give the rank and file more of a voice.
Gaetz has said he supports Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for speaker.
Besides Gaetz, Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Bob Good of Virginia, and Matt Rosendale of Montana have all publicly acknowledged opposing McCarthy.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, nine other GOP lawmakers, including Rep.-elect Anna Paulina Luna of Pinellas County, sent McCarthy a letter saying they were prepared to abandon him as well for not being conservative enough.