The Georgia Republican said the eight party colleagues who voted to oust President Kevin McCarthy on October 3 “released anger” at an internal conference of his political forces.
Well, at the moment, the House of Representatives can’t govern, he commented, and I think that “the eight people who betrayed and joined the Democrats to defeat 96 percent of the conference released anger that I don’t think they can dream.”
Gingrich warned that there is a “real danger” that someone will get elected and, within a few weeks, “a group of people will explode and decide to go back to the same mess.”
After McCarthy’s ouster, the congressman called for the House Republicans to oust Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who pushed the impeachment motion, and withdraw that effort.
Those who supported the method also included Andy Biggs (Arizona), Ken Buck (Colorado), Tim Burchett (Tennessee), Eli Crane (Arizona), Bob Good (Virginia), Nancy Mace (South Carolina) and Matt Rosendale (Mountain) . In recent days, the candidates trying to reach the position encountered an internal conflict that prevented some candidates from obtaining the 217 votes needed to take the presidency of the chamber.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (Louisiana) initially rallied GOP support and defeated Jim Jordan (Ohio), but dropped out a day later when it became clear he couldn’t reach the magic number.
Jordan continued to stay in the race and managed to defeat Austin Scott (Georgia), but he ran into a wall that did not allow him to exceed three votes in the plenary session.
Far from retiring, the president of the Judicial Committee of the Lower House insisted on his candidacy and what he received was a devastating blow, because the internal conference turned its back on him, returning everyone to the corner.
At least nine Republicans have presented their names for the candidacy of being “Speaker” or president of that body and it is expected that a forum will be held for the candidates tonight and tomorrow they will hold the internal election and then bring in plenary.
McCarthy took the gavel in January after 15 rounds of voting and was ousted through an impeachment motion that was historic, because never before had a speaker of the House of Representatives been ousted like this.
The Lower House of the United States Congress has 435 members, 222 Republicans (a slight majority) and 213 Democrats.