Marjorie Taylor Greene Backs Kevin McCarthy For House Speaker

by | Nov 14, 2022 | Politics

Conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Monday threw her support to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in his bid to be speaker if Republicans take control of the House.Greene spoke out against efforts by her far-right colleagues to back an alternative to McCarthy in an internal party vote this week.Advertisement“That’s a bad strategy when we’re looking at having a very razor-thin majority,” Greene said on former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast.After Republicans underperformed in last week’s midterm elections, several members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have criticized McCarthy’s leadership and suggested they might oppose his speaker bid.But McCarthy already has support from most of the Republican conference, Greene said, and any effort to undermine him could give Democrats a chance to team up with moderate Republicans and install someone like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as speaker ― an idea suggested by random commenters on Twitter.“There’s no way in hell that I’m gonna vote to hand that gavel to Liz Cheney,” Greene said. (Cheney lost her primary and will not be in the new Congress, but the Constitution does not require the speaker to be a sitting member.)AdvertisementThe House will elect its speaker by a majority vote in January, and if Republicans hold a slim majority, just a small number of dissenters could block McCarthy’s path. Several House races remain undecided, but Republicans are likely to control the chamber once all the votes are counted.The House Freedom Caucus wants to change House rules to make the speaker less powerful, such as by empowering any House member to file a motion to remove the speaker. A Freedom Caucus member told Politico that the group could back one of its former chairs, Rep. Andy Big …

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