Marjorie Taylor Greene lays out demands for GOP House speaker vote if Republicans retake majority in 2022

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of Donald Trump’s staunchest allies in Congress, on Thursday laid out demands for a GOP leader to earn her vote for House Speaker if Republicans are able to retake the majority after the 2022 elections and cast doubt on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy being elected to the position.

“We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker,” Greene said on an episode of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s podcast that aired Thursday morning. “He doesn’t have the votes that are there, because there’s many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar, and many others just constantly take the abuse by the Democrats.”

Greene, who previously told reporters she would be laying out a list of demands to earn her speaker vote, mentioned some of the challenges that lay ahead in McCarthy’s quest for the speaker’s gavel. Among her demands, the Republican told Gaetz she wants fellow GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming kicked out of the House Republican Conference for serving on the January 6 committee, something McCarthy has so far resisted. She also said she has no respect for current GOP leadership.

The command from Greene comes amid frustration from some Republicans with GOP House leadership as McCarthy eyes the House leadership position. Trump’s allies in Congress — who have voiced increasing skepticism and frustration with McCarthy in recent weeks — have already started to flex their muscles in the potential race for speaker, which is still more than a year away.

Depending on the party’s margins, McCarthy could have a math problem if these Trump allies stick together. The House Freedom Caucus, which denied McCarthy the speakership once before, is comprised of roughly 40 members.

Some in Trump’s orbit, including Gaetz and Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows, have also teased that Trump should make a play for the speaker’s gavel, a move that could be designed to put McCarthy on notice and remind him of the leverage that the MAGA wing of the party would have in a speaker’s race.

Greene also wants to see moderate Rep. John Katko, a New York Republican and McCarthy ally, lose his top spot on the House Homeland Security Committee. Katko, who represents a key swing district, supported the bipartisan infrastructure law, voted to impeach Trump and supported the Democratic-led effort to remove Greene from her committees.

“Katko’s not a Republican. He’s a Democrat,” Greene said. “Our conference and the NRCC needs to stop playing this majority-maker game.”

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

Blogs

Win a $500 AMEX Gift Card!

Win a $500 AMEX Gift Card!

Enter HERE for your chance to win a $500 Amex gift card to give to someone who has overcome challenges & shown resilience. Help them out this holiday season! Sponsored by ‘The Unforgivable’ on Netflix.

Steve Talks with Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers!

Steve Talks with Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers!

Last week, Steve had the chance to catch up with Tom Johnston, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of The Doobie Brothers! They talked about writing “China Grove” and how the song came about, plus the start of the band and new music! “Liberté“, their latest album, will be available October 1st. Check out the interview…

Steve Talks with Tommy Shaw of Styx!

Steve Talks with Tommy Shaw of Styx!

Steve Gorman Rocks! Interview with Tommy Shaw Steve’s talked with Tommy Shaw about Styx‘s first new album in 4 years, ‘Crash of the Crown’! Hear about the secret hidden Easter eggs on the album cover, stories of how Styx’s greatest hits were pieced together, and so much more! Check out a piece of the video interview here and audio…

Steve Talks with Nancy Wilson of Heart!

Steve Talks with Nancy Wilson of Heart!

Steve Gorman Rocks! Interview Steve had the chance to catch up with singer and guitarist Nancy Wilson of Heart! She was excited to get a call from Steve, but not as excited as when Eddie Van Halen called and played her a song on his guitar. Hey, Steve tried for a drum solo on the…