Kevin McCarthy Getting Replaced By Who?

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( – Rep. Matt Gaetz in a recent post on X, formerly known as Twitter, denied that he would potentially take over the role of House Speaker if Kevin McCarthy is ousted. The Florida congressman has continuously pressured McCarthy in the past few months.

In his post, Gaetz stated that he did not have any interest in being McCarthy’s replacement. Previously he had threatened to introduce a motion to vacate as a result of the spending negotiations, and he had been one of the GOP lawmakers who had not voted in favor of McCarthy becoming the House speaker in January.

The House GOP is currently in the middle of negotiations to reach a spending deal that would help stop the government from shutting down in early October. Gaetz has been pushing for greater spending cuts and has often criticized McCarthy.

He has also been critical of the delays in launching an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. McCarthy launched the inquiry on September 12. It is widely believed that the decision to launch the impeachment inquiry was made as a way of appeasing hardline Republican critics.

On Sunday, Gaetz responded to a social media user who had accused him of trying to take over the position of the House Speaker. The user had claimed that Gaetz’s move was damaging the party and its image and that there was no time or place for him to replace McCarthy. In response, Gaetz stated that he had “no interest” in becoming the House Speaker. He added that he hoped this eased the user’s concerns.

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