U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz argues the GOP needs fresh blood at the top to continue fighting the leftist agenda of President Joe Biden and the Democrats.
Specifically, the Fort Walton Beach Republican is targeting current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is moving to become the new House speaker if the GOP holds onto its narrow advantage.
Right now, it’s unclear whether McCarthy will get that chance. Republicans must win at least seven of the 23 seats still to be decided to claim the majority.
But if that happens, Gaetz maintains someone other than McCarthy should lead the GOP in the House.
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In a tweet on Friday, Gaetz noted that McCarthy “Defended [Rep.] Liz Cheney when @jdanbishop [North Carolina GOP Rep. Dan Bishop] first sought her ouster. Told GOP Leadership [former President Donald] Trump should resign after J6 [the Jan. 6, 2021, riot]. Kevin is FLIGHT over FIGHT when the chips are down. He is not a Speaker for these times.”
Later on Friday, CNN reported how the pro-Trump faction in the House, including Gaetz, were wary of McCarthy and were looking elsewhere.
According to CNN, Gaetz said on his podcast “Firebrand” that McCarthy was not “even in my top 100” to lead a GOP majority in the House.
“With a slim majority, we shouldn’t be starting the C team,” said Gaetz. “We need to put our star players in a position to shine brightest so that we can attract more people to our policies and ideas.”