The Republicans Who Refuse Kevin McCarthy

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( – While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was hoping to win the Speakership, there were several far-right Republicans who opposed his nomination as Speaker.

Reportedly there were five “Never Kevin” Republicans, Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Matt Rosendale (Mont.), and Bob Good (Va.), who had pledged to all vote against McCarthy. Despite McCarthy’s attempts, the five remained strong in their opposition.

The group has potentially completely blocked McCarthy’s plans to gain the Speakership, as the House minority leader could only afford to lose 4 GOP votes if he wanted to win the required votes to secure his position. This is because the Republicans only managed to win the House with a slim majority of 222-213 in November.

If McCarthy does not manage to secure the majority on Tuesday, then for the first time in close to a century the vote will head for a second ballot.

Andy Biggs is one of the representatives who has his eyes set on the position. After failing to secure the GOP nomination for Speaker in mid-November, Biggs announced that he would try to challenge McCarthy in the House. Biggs in a tweet on Dec. 6 said that he was “running for Speaker to break the establishment.” He added, “Kevin McCarthy was created by, elevated by, and maintained by the establishment.”

Biggs has been a vocal critic and strong opposition to McCarthy and during an interview with Fox News on Thursday even went as far as to say that he did not see any situation or scenario in which he would change his mind and vote for McCarthy.

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