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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

VIDEO: Matt Gaetz is nominating Jim Jordan to be the Speaker of the House

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Matt Gaetz is nominating Jim Jordan to be the Speaker of the House.

A second ballot for House speaker is underway after Rep. Kevin McCarthy fell short on votes in the first ballot – something that hasn’t happened since 1923.

McCarthy has already lost more votes than he can afford in the second round of the speaker vote.

At least 218 votes are needed, but the number required could change if members withhold their votes.
Rep. Matt Gaetz nominated Rep. Jim Jordan to be the House speaker. Jordan, in an effort to show unity, had earlier nominated McCarthy ahead of the second round of voting. Rep. Kevin McCarthy critic GOP Rep. Bob Good said he thought his allies would get 10-15 "no" votes against McCarthy on the first ballot and was pleased to get 19. 

He said he expects more "no" votes on the second ballot.

“He is never going to be speaker. We will never cave. We will never vote for him. The sooner he pulls out, for the good of the country, for the good of the Congress, for the good of the conference, the better everyone it is and we can move together to find who the best person is who can get 218,” he told reporters off the House floor. 
He said he will vote for Rep. Jim Jordan on the next ballot and expects Jordan and others to get more votes going forward.  Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz just nominated Rep. Jim Jordan to be House speaker.

Jordan, in an effort to show unity, nominated McCarthy in this second round of voting. 

Gaetz supported Rep. Andy Biggs in the first round of voting. Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz just nominated Rep. Jim Jordan to be House speaker.

Jordan, in an effort to show unity, nominated McCarthy in this second round of voting. 

Gaetz supported Rep. Andy Biggs in the first round of voting. McCarthy and his backers are preparing for a grueling, potentially dayslong fight to try to win him the speaker’s gavel — which will require somehow flipping the votes of 19 members who voted for conservative challenger Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) or others. The California Republican’s allies are vowing to stay on the House floor, instead of trying to adjourn for off-the-floor strategy sessions between ballots, as McCarthy hopes to grind down his opponents.

The GOP leader did pick up a few undecided House Freedom Caucus members, including Reps. Ben Cline (Va.) and Clay Higgins (La.). Rep.-elect Mike Collins (R-Ga.), who had pledged to vote against McCarthy during his campaign, also backed him.

But in the meantime, the House GOP risks a chaotic floor fight, with no rules of the chamber yet in place. Lawmakers cannot even decide to adjourn without a majority of members in favor. In a tweet moments after McCarthy’s speaker vote failed, Biggs called on McCarthy to “stand down and allow us to select someone else in the next ballot.”

“The thing we have in front of us right now is Kevin. He’s in. He’s got no plans of leaving. He’ll stay in for months if that’s what it takes,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

Some members even declared their support on the floor: Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) said, as she cast her vote, “No matter how many times it takes, Kevin McCarthy.”

Those 19 opposition votes came despite fierce pressure from McCarthy and his wide band of allies that he has honed over the years — with some members even vowing to punish defectors by removing them from committees.

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