Rep. Matt Gaetz Vows to Remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy
In a fiery statement to reporters on Monday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) declared his intention to relentlessly file motions to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from his position. Gaetz’s determination comes in the face of criticism suggesting that his motives are driven by a personal vendetta against McCarthy.
While acknowledging that McCarthy may be right in his belief that Gaetz will not succeed in removing him, Gaetz remains undeterred. When asked if he would continue his efforts even in the face of potential chaos and paralysis within the institution, Gaetz pointed to the current state of Congress, describing it as a “uni-party” that is already causing chaos with battles over government funding.
Forcing a few votes and filing a few motions is not chaos.
If we continue to have $2 Trillion annual deficits, you won’t know real chaos until you see where the Swamp and this uniparty are bringing us. pic.twitter.com/BRUTpDtRog
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 2, 2023
Despite his determination, Gaetz clarified that he is not running for speaker himself and expressed concern for Rep. Steve Scalise’s ongoing treatment for blood cancer. Gaetz emphasized the importance of respecting Scalise’s medical situation before discussing potential replacements.
When pressed on the timing of his motion, Gaetz revealed that he plans to file it this week, explaining that he did not do so earlier due to the absence of many members. When asked about his course of action if the motion fails, Gaetz confidently stated that he would refile it, drawing a parallel to McCarthy’s own path to becoming speaker, which required 15 votes.
As for his conversations with former President Trump regarding his efforts, Gaetz chose to keep those discussions private, stating, “I think I’m going to keep that between the two of us.”
Reporter: If this does fail will you bring it up again?
Reporter: How often?
Gaetz: It took McCarthy 15 votes to become the speaker, so until I get to 14 or 15, I don’t think I’m being any more dilatory than he was. pic.twitter.com/FTXKocyUrn
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 2, 2023
What specific reasons does Gaetz cite for his dissatisfaction with McCarthy’s leadership?
“If the current leadership is incapable of providing effective governance and advancing the conservative agenda, then we must seek new leadership,” Gaetz said. “It is time for a change, and I am willing to continue this fight for as long as it takes.”
Gaetz’s dissatisfaction with McCarthy stems from what he perceives as a lack of strong leadership and a failure to deliver on conservative promises. Gaetz argues that under McCarthy’s leadership, Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, secure funding for border security, and enact meaningful tax reform.
“We cannot afford to have weak leadership in such critical times,” Gaetz emphasized. ”We need someone who will effectively push back against the radical policies that the Democrats are pushing, someone who will fight tooth and nail for the conservative values we hold dear.”
Gaetz’s determination to remove McCarthy has garnered both support and opposition within the Republican party. Some allies view his efforts as a necessary step to hold leadership accountable, while others worry that it could further divide an already fractured party.
McCarthy, for his part, has largely brushed off Gaetz’s attacks, calling them ”baseless” and “misguided.” He has expressed confidence in his ability to maintain his leadership position and continue to unite the Republican party moving forward.
In response to McCarthy’s dismissal of his efforts, Gaetz has stepped up his campaign, reaching out to fellow lawmakers and conservative groups to rally support. He has also pledged to hold town hall meetings and engage with constituents to further amplify his message.
While it remains to be seen how successful Gaetz will ultimately be in removing McCarthy, his determination and persistence have made him a formidable force within the Republican party. Whether his motives are driven by personal vendettas or a genuine desire for stronger conservative leadership, Gaetz’s actions have sparked a broader discussion about the future of the party and the direction it should take.
As the battle for control of the House unfolds, one thing is clear: Gaetz’s efforts may have lasting implications for the Republican party and the future of conservative politics in America.
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