Republican challenger shouts at Leader Kevin McCarthy for suggesting challenging his leadership will slow their agenda as speaker race heats up
- GOP Rep. Andy Biggs continued to lash out at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday in an attempt to further derail his bid for speaker.
- Biggs accused the ‘McCarthy machine’ of lying and called the California Republican ‘deep state, establishment’
- On Sunday, McCarthy warned that Republicans would “waste” their majority if they didn’t elect him speaker.
- Biggs is part of a group of five that could derail McCarthy’s bid, as the Californian can only afford four defections on the Jan. 3 ballot
“The McCarthy machine is lying again to maintain power and silence opponents. “The McCarthy machine is truly the deep state, the establishment,” Biggs tweeted. “A McCarthy defeat would show a crack in that foundation and prove that power can be decentralized from leadership.”
Biggs battled McCarthy for the top role in the House Republican caucus last month and lost, but remains a challenge California The Republican side, since the election of the speaker will take place no earlier than January 3, after the new one Congress sworn in.
GOP Rep. Andy Biggs (L) continued to insult House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) on Monday in an attempt to further derail his bid for speaker
Biggs challenged McCarthy for the party’s top spot in a secret ballot in November and was unsuccessful. He and four other GOP House members have said they plan to vote against McCarthy on Jan. 3 — and McCarthy can only lose four
Arizona Republican shared the Newsmax story from Sunday, detailing McCarthy’s warning that if he wasn’t elected speaker, they would have “wasted” their majority.
“It will delay our ability to secure the border,” McCarthy told Sunday Morning Futures. “It will delay our ability to become energy independent. This will delay our ability to eliminate 87,000 IRS agents. It will delay our ability to hold our government accountable.”
“There is no subpoena that can go out until this is done,” McCarthy also suggested.
McCarthy had been waiting for years to become speaker.
He ran for the post in 2015 after the retirement of House Speaker John Boehner, but dropped out of the race after controversial comments suggesting the Republican investigations into Benghazi and Hillary Clinton were politically motivated to get rid of the presidential front-runner. from the Democratic Party.
McCarthy finally took over the leadership of the party in January 2019, after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives and House Speaker Paul Ryan resigned.
But Biggs and at least four other GOP members — Reps. Matt Gaetz, Ralph Norman, Bob Hood and Matt Rosendale — say they plan to oppose his bid for the House seat.
According to the math, McCarthy can only lose four.
He needs 218 votes to become speaker.
Republicans are likely to have 222 seats in the House — if Colorado completes a recount that would put Republican Rep. Lauren Bobert ahead — while Democrats have 213 seats.
The good news for McCarthy is that he has a number of prominent conservatives and MAGA figures in his corner.
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Green and Jim Jordan both said they plan to support the Californian.
Prominent Trump official Stephen Miller has forced House Republicans to fall in line.
As is Donald Trump Jr.
“Thus, in their quest to ‘take on the establishment’ by stopping Kevin McCarthy, Andy Biggs and others, they are effectively empowering those who impeached Donald Trump.” It’s a Democrat’s dream come true for a GOP Congress. Genius moves guys,” Trump Jr. tweeted on Friday. highlighting the Breitbart article At the same time, the representative of the Republican Party, Fred Upton, who supported the second impeachment of Trump, is mentioned as a possible candidate for the speaker.
Upton is retiring from Congress, but a person does not have to be a member of the House of Representatives to be elected speaker.
This was first reported by Politico Upton whispers — and Upton’s spokesman told the paper that the retiring Republican congressman fully supports McCarthy’s bid for speaker.
And last week, Fox News host Mark Levin called Biggs’ group “a gang of five saboteurs” and called them “ridiculous.”