Multiple Lawmakers Are Refusing To Vote For Kevin McCarthy

( )- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was named the official GOP candidate for speaker at a House Republican gathering last week, but many holdouts might still hinder his prospects.

Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Ralph Norman, R-S.C., and Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., are three prominent House conference members who steadfastly resist the establishment despite the party’s slim majority.

Before the House conference vote last week, Gaetz, a vocal opponent of McCarthy, declared his position on “The Charlie Kirk Show,” ensuring that his “no” vote would also go over to the floor.

Gaetz declared that he was not going to vote for Kevin McCarthy.

“Tomorrow, on the floor, I will not cast a vote for him. And I’m confident that a significant number of people share my exact point of view. Therefore, the sooner we can sort of let go of the idea that Kevin would be the speaker, the sooner we can get to the crucial task.”

Biggs, who unsuccessfully ran against McCarthy for the presidency, said in a Thursday opinion piece for American Greatness that he does not “think he will ever get to 218 votes” and “would refuse to support him in his endeavor to win those votes.”

In the end, the congressman from Arizona had to agree with his constituents, and he could not vote for the gentleman from California, Mr. McCarthy. “It is time to make a change at the head of the House of Representatives.”

In an interview with Just The News on Monday night, Norman and his two colleagues explained to the publication McCarthy’s choice was driven by his apathy about “runaway federal spending.”

Norman announced that he was not going to back McCarthy.

“Washington is in disarray. This nation suffers from a cancer that aspirin won’t be able to treat. It is known as overspending. You can’t run a country when you’re insolvent.”

Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Montana, said through Twitter last week that McCarthy “isn’t willing” to make the required changes to return the House to the rules that existed before current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

According to Rosendale, he wants to keep things as they are because it concentrates power in his and a select few people’s hands. “Unfortunately, Kevin McCarthy is not the leader we need to stand up to a Democratic-controlled Senate and President Biden.”