Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene blasts Republican leadership meeting

She comments on Republicans blocking Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker


WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has fallen short in first-round voting to become House speaker. House Republicans fell into a tangle on the opening day of the new Congress. McCarthy is fighting to become speaker as his party takes slim control of the chamber. The mood was tense as voting by all 434 House members left McCarthy well short of the majority he needed. McCarthy was battling right-flank conservatives who refuse to give him their votes. The showdown could devolve into a prolonged floor fight. It’s in stark contrast to the other side of the U.S. Capitol, where Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell was set to become the longest-serving party leader. Democrat Chuck Schumer will remain majority leader.

WASHINGTON D.C. (WDEF) – The jockeying for leadership of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives has officially begun, even if it’s behind closed doors.

House Republicans held a private meeting to discuss who will lead them as they take control over the House, following their victories in November.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is supporting Kevin McCarthy as speaker and blasted opponents immediately after the closed-door meeting.

She says they are discussing new rules for operation of the House and are in agreement on those.

But she says today they learned 3 members “were demanding positions for themselves, demanding gavel positions, demanding subcommittees, demanding for people to be taken off committees and people to be put on committees.”

Greene says she is not asking for any assignments for herself.

“But I find out it’s my freedom caucus colleagues and my “supposed friends” who went and did that, and they asked nothing for me” (Greene currently has no committee assignments).

“This is not anything about the country. This is all about never-Kevin. They just don’t like Kevin McCarthy.”

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