Republicans Put Gaetz In Their Crosshairs

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( – The House GOP has criticized Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who successfully introduced the motion to vacate against now-former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Following a historic vote on Tuesday, a few Republicans, along with all the Democrats, voted for McCarthy to be ousted from his position.

At least two Republican lawmakers have argued that, following Gaetz’s move, he should be removed from the House Republican Conference. However, despite the frustration expressed by many members of Gaetz’s party, it is unlikely that he is going to be removed from office.

The House Republicans are now back on square one as they need to find a new speaker while also dealing with the funding deadline on Nov. 17. If they don’t manage to pass a funding bill by the deadline, then they risk the government shutting down again.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) told reporters the day after the vote that Gaetz had been “schooled” by the Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, into getting McCarthy ousted. He then referred to the eight people from his party who voted against McCarthy as “so-called Republicans.” All Democrats also voted against the now-former Speaker.

Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-N.Y.) also criticized Gaetz and dubbed his move an “act of heresy.” He added that because of his selfish needs, he had shoved one of the “oldest institutions” into a “downward spiral.”

McCarthy also noted after Tuesday’s vote that he believed the efforts by Gaetz were “personal” and that he was just trying to receive attention from the press.

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