The internal dynamics of the Republican Party are coming to the forefront as a group of House Republicans expresses their opposition to Steve Scalise's candidacy for House Speaker. These House Republicans say they are not going to vote for Steve Scalise as House Speaker.
The rift within the party adds a layer of complexity to the upcoming Speaker of the House race, shaping the landscape of GOP leadership.
Steve Scalise, a seasoned Republican politician, has been a prominent figure within the party and currently serves as the House Minority Whip. With a political career spanning several terms, Scalise has played a crucial role in shaping Republican strategies and policies.
A faction of House Republicans has openly declared their unwillingness to support Steve Scalise's bid for House Speaker. These House Republicans say they are not going to vote for Steve Scalise as House Speaker:
- In a tweet, Colorado representative Lauren Boebertstated, "I will be voting for Jim Jordan to be Speaker of the House on the floor when the vote is called."
- Rep. Michael Cloudfrom Texas, wrote, "While I respect Steve Scalise, the underhanded efforts to rush this vote to the floor without getting full buy-in from the conference is extremely ill-advised and I will not be supporting the nomination on the floor, absent a further discussion."
- According to Florida Representative Carlos Gimenez, "I've always said I'm a McCarthy guy so until he says, hey, don't vote for anybody else... 'til he comes to me and says that, I'm voting for McCarthy."
- Virginia representative Bob Goodsaid, "I am still supporting Jordan. The country cannot afford the status quo."
- In a tweet, Georgian representative Marjorie Taylor Greenesaid, "Jim Jordan is the fighter we need to be Speaker of the House in this time of national crisis."
- Rep. Nancy Maceof South Carolina said, "I plan on voting for Jim Jordan on the floor. I've been very vocal about this over the last couple of days." She also explained, "I personally cannot, in good conscience, vote for someone who attended a white supremacist conference and compared himself to David Duke. I would be doing an enormous disservice to the voters I represent in South Carolina if I were to do that."In 2014, Scalise issued an apology for a speech he gave in 2002 to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), which was established by David Duke, a white nationalist and former head of the Ku Klux Klan.
- Ohio Representative Max Millertold reporters, "I'm still putting my support behind Jim Jordan for Speaker. I'm not going to change my vote now or anytime soon on the House floor."
- Rep. Chip Royof Texas objected to plans for a quick vote soon after the conference selected Scalise. He said, "I will not be voting for @SteveScalise on the floor this afternoon. The House GOP should NOT have called a vote at 300pm after finishing the vote at 130pm in Conference. That is unacceptable & purposeful."
- The Pennsylvania representative Lloyd Smucker tweeted, "The House GOP Conference is broken. So we oust Kevin McCarthy and all other leaders are rewarded with promotions?... We need to chart a different path forward. In the meantime, I plan to vote for Jim Jordan on the floor."
- Rep. George Santosof New York tweeted on Wednesday evening, "It's just past 9:40pm and I have yet to hear from the Speaker-Designate. So I've made my decision and after 10 months and having had 0 contact or outreach from him, I've come to the conclusion that my VOTE doesn't matter to him. I'm now declaring I'm an ANYONE but Scalise and come hell or high water I won't change my mind."
These House Republicans say they are not going to vote for Steve Scalise as House Speaker as mentioned in this article. The opposition to Steve Scalise as the potential House speaker highlights the ongoing complexities within the Republican Party. The outcome of this internal struggle will have a significant impact on the party's ability to lead in the House of Representatives and shape the nation's legislative agenda. The evolving dynamics of this situation will be closely watched by political observers and the American public alike.