Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced her demands for what she is looking for in the next GOP house leader after shocking some by saying she will not support Kevin McCarthy, the current minority leader.
“We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker,” Greene told Rep. Gaetz during a podcast Thursday.
“He doesn’t have the votes that are there, because there’s many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar, and many others just constantly take the abuse by the Democrats,” she continued.
The Republican told Gaetz that among those demands is having Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, both fellow members of the GOP, kicked out of the House Republican Conference for participating in the January 6 committee, which was a proposed commission that would have investigated the 2021 United States Capitol attack.
…Trump’s other congressional allies have similarly expressed doubt with McCarthy over the last several weeks, while beginning to exert their own influence in the upcoming House of Representatives elections, which is still over a year away.
Greene insisted McCarthy does not have the full support of House Republicans to become Speaker, as Republicans remain favored to take the congressional majority next year as polling and recent redistricting favor them taking the lead from Democrats.
Should these congressional Trump supporters remain united, McCarthy may indeed have issues in seeking the House Speaker role, according to CNN.
The roughly 40-member House Freedom Caucus has already rejected McCarthy’s quest for the speakership once before.
Meanwhile, Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows as well as Gaetz have suggested that the former president himself pursue the position of House Speaker, in an effort to show McCarthy the strength of the MAGA influence on the Republican party in a speaker’s race.
Greene’s demands also included the removal of New York Republican Representative John Katko, a moderate and McCarthy ally, from his spot as Ranking Member on the House Homeland Security Committee, while questioning his commitment to the GOP.
‘Katko’s not a Republican. He’s a Democrat,’ Greene said.