Gaetz Prepares To Lose His Congressional Seat?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Sunday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) stated during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Kristen Welker that he would consider it “absolutely” worth it if he lost his seat in the House because of filing the motion to vacate against former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). As a result of Gaetz’s actions, McCarthy was ousted from the Speakership in a historic vote.

When Welker asked him whether he believed that his efforts to have McCarthy removed were worth it, Gaetz stated that they “absolutely were.” He added that his job was to fight for his constituents and to ensure that the United States was not heading towards financial ruin. Gaetz was the one to spearhead McCarthy’s removal from office last week after McCarthy made a deal with the Democrats that allowed the government to remain funded and avoid a government shutdown. The historic vote ended with all the Democrats voting for McCarthy to be removed, along with eight Republicans.

While motions to vacate have long existed in the House, McCarthy became the first speaker to ever be ousted through one. Following McCarthy’s removal, the House is set to decide who the next House Speaker will be. Gaetz has argued that it would not take the entire week to choose a speaker, despite the fact that in January it had required 15 rounds to get McCarthy elected as the speaker.

Some Republicans have now been pushing for Gaetz to be removed from Congress, while Welker questioned whether the motion to vacate had been an “irresponsible choice.” Gaetz claimed it was not and that there were two respectable replacements for the role.

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