(RoyalPatriot.com )- Rep. Matt Gaetz said that he has a list of the five conservatives who will not be voting for House leader Kevin McCarthy this coming January in a vote that is expected to hand him the position of House speaker, according to Mediaite.
While on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” last week, Gaetz said that his list was the “critical mass” to prevent McCarthy from securing the speakership. The comments were similar to those he made when to speaking conservative pundit and activist Charlie Kirk.
Gaetz told Bannon that McCarthy needs 36 votes to become House speaker and has had years to convince the GOP that he is worthy of the role. But in those years, not one of those 36 has said “You know what, I voted against McCarthy previously, but I’m now prepared to vote for him on the floor.”
He continued to say that there are five conservatives who are staunchly voting “no” this January, including Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Bob Good, Matt Rosendale, and now Ralph Norman.
“It was not just a no vote within the Republican conference. It is a ‘no’ vote we intend to carry to the floor,” he said, adding that the GOP is expected to hold a four-seat majority, so the lack of support for McCarthy should show the party that there needs to be a “consensus” candidate.
Bannon asked Gaetz what he thought of McCarthy’s “late conversation” to supporting investigations into the Biden administration and business dealings of Hunter Biden. Gaetz doubted the House leader’s intentions, suggesting that the moment he gets power, he will “revert to his establishment mean.”
If McCarthy was serious about issuing subpoenas like he now says he is, he would have supported the subpoenas that he, Rep. Jim Jordan, Ron DeSantis, and Mark Meadows were calling for in the House Judiciary Committee when Republicans held the majority.