Marjorie Taylor Greene lays out demands for GOP House speaker vote if Republicans retake majority in 2022


“We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker,” Greene stated on an episode of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s podcast that aired Thursday morning. “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.”
Greene, who beforehand instructed reporters she can be laying out a listing of demands to earn her speaker vote, talked about a number of the challenges that lay forward in McCarthy’s quest for the speaker’s gavel. Among her demands, the Republican instructed Gaetz she needs fellow GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming kicked out of the House Republican Conference for serving on the January 6 committee, one thing McCarthy has to this point resisted. She additionally stated she has no respect for present GOP management.

The command from Greene comes amid frustration from some Republicans with GOP House management as McCarthy eyes the House management place. Trump’s allies in Congress — who’ve voiced growing skepticism and frustration with McCarthy in latest weeks — have already began to flex their muscle tissues in the potential race for speaker, which remains to be greater than a 12 months away.

Depending on the get together’s margins, McCarthy may have a math downside if these Trump allies stick collectively. The House Freedom Caucus, which denied McCarthy the speakership as soon as earlier than, is comprised of roughly 40 members.

Some in Trump’s orbit, together with Gaetz and Trump’s former chief of workers Mark Meadows, have additionally teased that Trump ought to make a play for the speaker’s gavel, a transfer that may very well be designed to place McCarthy on discover and remind him of the leverage that the MAGA wing of the get together would have in a speaker’s race.
Greene additionally needs to see reasonable Rep. John Katko, a New York Republican and McCarthy ally, lose his high spot on the House Homeland Security Committee. Katko, who represents a key swing district, supported the bipartisan infrastructure legislation, voted to question Trump and supported the Democratic-led effort to take away Greene from her committees.

“Katko’s not a Republican. He’s a Democrat,” Greene stated. “Our conference and the NRCC needs to stop playing this majority-maker game.”

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