“I fought for what I believe in,” McCarthy said. “I believe I can continue to fight, but maybe in a different manner.”
Arizona Representatives Andy Biggs and Eli Crane were among the eight Republicans who voted to get rid of Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Paul Gosar and Debbie Lesko voted “no.”
The House looked set to go leaderless for at least a week, as multiple Republicans said they planned to meet on Oct. 10 to discuss possible McCarthy successors, with a vote on a new speaker planned for Oct. 11.
Tuesday’s rebellion was led by Representative Matt Gaetz, a far-right Republican from Florida and McCarthy antagonist who finally turned on the speaker after he on Saturday relied on Democratic votes to help pass a bill to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Matt Gaetz told reporters, ” I think the House of Representatives has been paralyzed, and this is ripping off the bandaids.” Steve Scalise would make a great Speaker.
Gaetz made a passionate speech on the House floor as he continued to rally his supporters and send a message to the American people.
Molly K Ottman Executive Editor/Journalist for Mountain Daily Star
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