Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Marjorie Taylor Greene Pulls For McCarthy, But Matt Gaetz Says Not So Fast

Republican lawmakers will come together on January 3rd and choose the next Speaker of the House.
Rep. Matt Gaetz & Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene

Republican lawmakers will come together on January 3rd and choose the next Speaker of the House.

The Speaker of the House is, by law, second in line to succeed the President, after the Vice President, and 25th Amendment makes the Speaker a part of the process announcing presidential disability.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was nominated by House Republicans to serve as Speaker of the House when the new session of Congress starts in January. But not with opposition.

In an opinion piece on Wednesday, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz opposed McCarthy, calling him “Cavin’ McCarthy.”

“The McCarthy camp is spinning that Kevin must be accepted because “we have to avoid chaos.” Chaos for who exactly? The special interests that are counting on McCarthy as their lapdog? I’m worried about chaos in the lives of my constituents. They live under the chaos of vaccine mandates pushed by Kevin’s donors.”

“Some conservatives are using this fact to convince themselves that he is the right leader for the moment, as McCarthy is so weak he’ll promise anything to anyone,” said Gaetz. “As his mentor recently confessed, “He lies. He’ll change the lie if necessary.” McCarthy doesn’t just respond to pressure from the Right. During several important junctures in the past decade, we’ve seen Cavin’ McCarthy,” Gaetz said.

“On Ukraine, McCarthy voted yes for the $40 billion Ukraine aid package in May. He even pushed the Biden administration to further escalate conflict with Russia as he called for fighter jets to be transferred to Ukraine. During the Obama administration, McCarthy called for a no-fly zone to be enforced in Syria while the Russian military was operating there,” Gaetz added.

“McCarthy knows he will end up failing Republicans and caving to liberals. That’s why he opposes reinstating the motion to vacate, which was in place from 1801 to 2018. He wants to make sure conservative congressmen can’t fix the problem once it’s too late,” Gaetz concluded.

Also penning an opinion piece on Wednesday, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said in part, “Our job is to serve the American people, and we must do whatever it takes to get that job done.”

“As I talk to my friends and family, and visit with many others back home, I am keenly aware they are expecting Republicans to do miracles. They want us to fix all the problems created by the Democrats and stop the madness destroying our country,” said Greene. “But Republicans aren’t going to be performing any miracles when a handful of members of our conference refuse to work together.”

“This “Never Kevin” trick has been done before. Some in the Freedom Caucus ousted John Boehner using the same “Vacate the Chair” rule that’s being demanded now. That’s how we got Paul Ryan as Speaker,” said Greene.

“The “Never Kevin Five” are already vacating the chair by refusing to vote for our conference nominee while simultaneously demanding the “Vacate the Chair” rule to remove the Speaker at a later date,” said Greene. “If they are successful, they will give us something worse than Paul Ryan. The truth is they have no plan. It’s an empty promise, which is why I’m speaking out.”

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“Let’s start with my dear friend, Matt Gaetz. Many of his attacks against Kevin McCarthy are comparisons to Paul Ryan. It’s quite ironic, given Matt’s very first vote in Congress was for Paul Ryan as Speaker. Even when we all knew Paul Ryan would never deliver the MAGA agenda,” said Greene. “We had full GOP control and President Trump, with pen in hand, ready to sign America First legislation. This Republican failure is why I ran for Congress.”

“All that said, Matt Gaetz, is one of my favorite members of Congress. America needs his talent and intelligence to work alongside Jim Jordan on investigations for the Judiciary Committee, not blow things up before we begin,” said Greene.

According to Conservative Review, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a “Liberty Score” value of 54%.

This rating comes from voting for, or against policies that Conservative Review (CR) ranks as Liberal or Conservative-based policy. According to CR, McCarthy voted Conservative 54% of the time, and voted 46% of the time Liberal.

Some examples CR provided showing McCarthy’s voting record included:

  • Pass an $817 billion Defense spending bill without defunding military vaccine mandates, Voted Yes on 07/14/2022
  • Ukraine funding through the end of Joe Biden’s first term with a $40 billion aid package, Voted Yes on 05/11/2022
  • Pass a $1.5 trillion Omnibus funding Biden’s vaccine mandates, Voted Yes on 03/10/2022
  • Bail out the Post Office and stick Medicare with the bill, Voted Yes on 02/08/2022
  • Sign women up for the draft in the National Defense Authorization Act, Voted Yes on 09/24/2021
  • Repeal Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq, Voted No on 06/17/2021
  • COVID relief bill and $1.4 trillion special interest spending, Voted Yes on 12/22/2020
  • Pass the National Defense Authorization Act without Section 230 reforms, Voted Yes on 12/08/2020
  • The ‘gag and vote for it’ small-business-killing coronavirus emergency legislation, Voted Yes on 03/14/2020
  • Pass a $555 billion Christmas minibus spending spree, Voted Yes on 12/17/2019
  • Suspend the debt ceiling, cancel the budget caps, and increase spending by $321 billion, Voted Yes on 07/25/2019
  • Keep spending on autopilot, Voted Yes on 09/19/2019
  • Pass a $19 billion spending bill without funding for the border crisis, Voted Yes on 06/03/2019
  • Surrender on the border wall, Voted Yes on 02/15/2019
  • Pass amnesty with citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants, Voted Yes on 06/27/2018

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