Gaetz Demands To Know Why McCarthy Is Occupying Speaker’s Office Without Being Elected

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At the start of the week, Kevin McCarthy was shy of only one vote to win the Speaker position in the House. Five holdouts who had sworn not to vote for McCarthy was one holdout too many. Former President Donald Trump had warned, leading up to the vote, that Republicans should stand together and elect McCarthy, who Trump deemed as sufficient to lead the House. As the vote was taken repeatedly, McCarthy failed to get the required number of votes.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, of Florida, who is not a fan of McCarthy, nominated Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan for speaker.

McCarthy lost three elections for speaker Tuesday. In the final vote, 20 Republicans defected from the party to support Jordan. In a case of party division not seen in quite a while, McCarthy is the first Speaker candidate to lose his party’s vote in 100 years.

Gaetz said Tuesday that he and other anti-McCarthy Republicans were “threatened” that if they did not support the California Republican McCarthy’s bid for speaker, they would be “removed from committees.”

Voting will continue Wednesday, as party Republicans scramble to unite their members in the House.

Goetz is firmly against McCarthy, and considers his failure to obtain enough votes a final goodbye. He said that “it seems Mr. McCarthy can no longer be considered Speaker-Designate following today’s balloting.” With that said, Goetz is going after McCarthy in any way he can. Gaetz has asked how long McCarthy will remain in the speaker’s office until he is “considered a squatter.”

McCarthy has not moved out of the office despite the current vote.

Now, Rep. Matt Gaetz has sent a letter demanding to know why fellow Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy is occupying the Speaker of the House Office when he’s yet to be elected to the post. “How long will he remain there before he is considered a squatter?” Gaetz asked about McCarthy in a letter Tuesday to Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton, who oversees Capitol building operations, Just the News reports.

Goetz has asked for a prompt reply on the matter.

The first-in-a-century floor fight in the House for the speaker position has so far culminated in three voting sessions, all of which McCarthy has lost. the New York Times reported that there is no clear procedure for resolving the deadlocked Republican vote. McCarthy and his allies have been working behind closed doors to secure the votes, and McCarthy told the times he had spoken to former President Donald Trump, who had endorsed him but who stayed silent on Tuesday throughout the series of defeats in the voting.

Former President Trump posted today on the matter:

“Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN.” He beseeched Republicans not to “TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT.” “Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB – JUST WATCH!”

The Times continues:

For now, a mutiny waged by ultra conservative lawmakers who for weeks have held fast to their vow to oppose Mr. McCarthy has paralyzed the chamber at the dawn of Republican rule, delaying the swearing in of hundreds of members of congress, putting off any legislative work and exposing deep divisions that threatened to make the party’s House majority ungovernable.

McCarthy has vowed not to back down until he secures the speakership, raising the prospect of a grueling stretch of votes that could go on for days. “I’m staying until we win,” Mr. McCarthy told reporters between the second and third votes on Tuesday. :I know the path.”

House precedent dictates that members continue to vote until someone secures the majority needed to prevail. but until Tuesday, the House had not failed to elect a speaker on the first roll call vote since 1923, when the election stretched for nine ballots. No viable challenger has emerged, but if Mr. McCarthy continues to flounder, Republicans could shift their votes to an alternative, such as his No.2, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. On Tuesday, right wing Republicans coalesced behind Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a founding member of the ultra conservative House Freedom Caucus, as an alternative to Mr. McCarthy, but Mr. Jordan, a onetime rival who has since allied himself with Mr. McCarthy, pleaded with his colleagues to unite instead behind the California Republican.

Trump posted this morning, pointing out that the real enemy is not those within the Republican party.

“If Republicans are going to fight, we ought to be fighting Mitch McConnell and his domineering, China loving BOSS, I mean wife, Coco Chow. the harm they have done to the Republican party is incalculable. Today, he couldn’t be elected “Dog Catcher’ in Kentucky. (Sadly, he only won because of my Endorsement, went up 21 points – SORRY!)

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