Gaetz Reignites Rivalry With Barbed Jab

( – Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is not a lawmaker who really has any power, other than what his constituents gave him. He isn’t a member of the House leadership. He doesn’t chair any committees. He’s just a run-of-the-mill rank-and-file member of Congress who is there to get his district what they need.

However, this average congressman did something no other member of the House has ever done: successfully led the charge to remove a speaker for the first time in history. Now, he has once again attacked the former House speaker with a barbed jab.

RNC Chair

Rumors are swirling about the possibility of Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel stepping down from her position. The chairwoman allegedly told former President Donald Trump that she would step aside after the South Carolina primary if he thought it would be best.

X, formerly Twitter, users have been floating names about a possible replacement for the chairwoman, should she decide to throw in the towel. On February 6, Rep. Gaetz responded to a comment that said former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) should be the next chair of the RNC.

Gaetz said, “I fully endorse Kevin McCarthy for RNC Chair.” He went on to say the former congressman is “well organized and a very high-revenue fundraiser.” The Florida representative stated McCarthy would be “well-liked,” and pointed out as the chair of the party, “Kevin would be terrific.”

The next day, POLITICO asked the congressman about his endorsement of McCarthy. Gaetz insisted he was being serious, saying, “The tweet speaks for itself.”

A Rivalry for the Ages

Gaetz is obviously not McCarthy’s favorite person or vice versa. In fact, the latter part of the so-called endorsement mentioned all of the issues Gaetz had with McCarthy.

The drama between the two men started when Gaetz repeatedly held up his nomination in January. Time and time again, Gaetz and his cohorts refused to vote in favor of McCarthy’s ascension to the speaker’s chair.

Then, in October, Gaetz led a “motion to vacate” against Speaker McCarthy after the House leader negotiated with Democrats to keep the government running. The Republican lawmaker wanted to shut the government down in order to force President Joe Biden to cut spending. Because of the thin House majority, the only way for McCarthy to stay in power was to convince Democrats to vote for him — they refused. So, for the first time, the speaker was kicked out of office. He later resigned from Congress and has been quiet since leaving Washington, DC.

Reporters reached out to the former speaker, but he did not respond to questions about the endorsement.

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