In a recent development, Republican Representative David Joyce from Ohio has expressed his support for expelling Representative Matt Gaetz from the GOP conference. Gaetz, along with seven other Republican lawmakers, voted to oust Kevin McCarthy as House speaker on Tuesday, a move that has sparked controversy within the party.
During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Joyce stated that if it were up to him, he would vote for Gaetz’s expulsion. He emphasized the need for unity within the party and described engaging in conversations with those who voted against McCarthy as a waste of time. Joyce, who chairs the Republican Governance Group, believes that the party should focus on working together as a unified group.
However, expelling Gaetz from the conference would require a two-thirds vote of the membership, as per the House GOP conference rules. This means that Joyce’s support alone may not be sufficient to remove Gaetz from the Republican Conference.
The controversial vote to remove McCarthy as House speaker saw eight Republicans joining forces with Democrats. Gaetz had initiated the motion to vacate the speaker’s chair after McCarthy relied on Democrats’ support to pass temporary spending legislation aimed at preventing a government shutdown. This move further intensified the divide within the Republican Party.
Joyce expressed his frustration with the actions of these eight members, questioning their ability to be part of the conference when they criticize internal discussions and launch attacks from the outside. He described Gaetz as “pathetic” and blamed his antics for the current government shutdown. Joyce’s strong words reflect the growing sentiment among some House Republicans who have become increasingly frustrated with Gaetz’s behavior.
As of now, Joyce has not yet decided whom to support as McCarthy’s replacement. The Republican Party is now faced with the challenge of finding a new leader who can unite the party and navigate the ongoing political turmoil.
The Republicans who voted to oust McCarthy alongside Gaetz include Representatives Andy Biggs (Arizona), Tim Burchett (Tennessee), Ken Buck (Colorado), Eli Crane (Arizona), Bob Good (Virginia), Nancy Mace (South Carolina), and Matt Rosendale (Montana). These individuals have also faced criticism for their role in the vote and their potential impact on party unity.
Over the weekend, both CNN and Fox News reported that some House Republicans were considering expelling Gaetz from Congress altogether. This potential action would be pending the results of a House ethics committee investigation. However, expelling a member of Congress requires a two-thirds vote in the House, making it a challenging task.
The controversy surrounding Gaetz and the vote to remove McCarthy has not only divided the Republican Party but has also drawn significant attention from the media and the public. The outcome of this situation will undoubtedly have implications for the future of the party and its ability to present a unified front.
As the Republican Party navigates this challenging period, it remains to be seen how they will address the divisions within their ranks and find a suitable replacement for McCarthy. The ongoing House ethics committee investigation into Gaetz’s actions adds another layer of complexity to the situation. The eyes of the nation are now on the Republican Party as they work towards resolving these issues and regaining unity within their ranks.