Expecting win, McCarthy comes up short again in late-night vote – JP


While McCarthy was standing there, Alabama Republican Mike Rogers tried to go talk — or more likely yell — at Gaetz. North Carolina Republican Richard Hudson grabbed Rogers and pulled him back by the shoulder with one hand, while covering his mouth with the other.

After the final tally confirmed McCarthy was one vote short, a motion was made to adjourn until Monday, but while that tally was being taken, Gaetz apparently had a change of heart. He was seen standing before McCarthy, and the leader was patting him on the arm. Republicans then began switching votes to defeat their own motion to adjourn, and began another ballot for speaker.

Ultimately, the same tally McCarthy had on the 14th ballot, 216 votes, was enough to win on the 15th ballot. Four Republicans who had voted against him all week, Arizona’s Andy Biggs and Eli Crane, Virginia’s Bob Good and Montana’s Matt Rosendale, voted “present,” bringing the total needed for a majority down to 215. On the 14th ballot, Biggs and Good had voted for Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, while Crane and Rosendale voted for Biggs.

“I’m not going to participate in the continuation of the Uniparty,” Biggs tweeted before the vote.

Good released a New York Times op-ed before the vote reiterating his view that “Kevin McCarthy has failed to secure the trust of the entire Republican conference to be the leader who will fight to change the status quo in Washington.”

Las Vegas News Magazine

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