Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is calling out Republican congressional leadership after the party failed to deliver a red wave on midterm election night.
Gaetz confirmed that he won’t be voting for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker of the House when the new, slim Republican majority takes office in January. Republicans appear likely to govern with a majority of less than 225 seats in the House.
There are definitely more than five members of Congress who would rather be waterboarded by Liz Cheney than vote Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House, and I’m one of them. pic.twitter.com/UmZurW27Bk
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 15, 2022
Gaetz recommended six members of the House Republican caucus as potential replacements for McCarthy, pointing to them as unobjectionable candidates to both MAGA and establishment wings of the caucus alike.
The Florida congressman vocally opposed McCarthy‘s leadership in an interview with Steve Bannon on Monday.
We cannot trust Kevin McCarthy to be Speaker of the House. pic.twitter.com/GbaLlzOL8R
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 14, 2022
McCarthy was ultimately re-elected as the leader of the Republican caucus on Tuesday, but he’ll still have to be elected on the House floor in order to become speaker when the new Congress is sworn in.
McCarthy didn’t receive the votes he would need for the speakership in the closed-door Republican caucus meeting, according to The Washington Post.
In an earlier tweet — as the Republican Party’s inability to execute a red wave became clear, Gaetz singled out three leaders of the party’s establishment as failures.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 10, 2022
Gaetz referred to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
McConnell’s own leadership has come into question after a midterm in which the party failed to secure a majority, unlike in the House.
Sen. Marco Rubio called for delaying leadership elections for Senate Republicans in the aftermath of the red trickle, calling for the party to assess what had gone wrong instead of merely continuing the course.
We should not have a Senate GOP leadership vote until we have a clear explanation for why our 2022 campaign efforts failed AND until we have a clear understanding of the political & policy direction for the GOP Senate moving forward
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 14, 2022
McConnell has given no indication that he plans to acquiesce to a new Republican Senate leader.
The 80-year old Kentucky senator is facing a leadership challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, according to the Wall Street Journal.
McConnell has indicated that he has the votes necessary to continue as the Senate GOP’s longtime leader.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.