Kevin McCarthy is facing trouble with just 24 hours to convince more than a dozen Republicans to vote for him as Speaker with one dissenter calling him a member of the “swamp cartel.“
McCarthy needs 218 votes to secure his role as Speaker, meaning he could only afford to lose the support of four Republicans.
On Sunday, a total of nine Republicans signed a letter saying that McCarthy’s efforts to woo conservative Republicans were too little, too late.
“[T]he times call for radical departure from the status quo — not a continuation of past, and ongoing, Republican failures,” the letter said.
Republican Reps. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Chip Roy of Texas, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Andy Harris of Maryland, and Andrew Clyde of Georgia signed the letter.
Reps.-elect Andy Ogles of Tennessee, Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, and Eli Crane of Arizona also signed.
On Monday, Representative Bob Good told Fox & Friends that McCarthy is “part of the problem, not the solution.”
Good slammed McCarthy for helping Democrats pass a massive omnibus spending bill.
“There is nothing that indicates to me that he is going to change his pattern since he has been in leadership where he is part of the swamp cartel,” the Virginia Republican said.
“He is the reason on the Republican side why we pass massive omnibus spending bills that just got rammed down our throats by Republicans in the Senate. He was part of that in leadership.”
“There is nothing about Kevin McCarthy that indicates he will bring the change that’s needed to Washington or that’s needed in the Congress or he will bring the fight against Biden-Schumer agenda and represent the interest of the voters who sent us to Washington to bring us real change,” Good said.
Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Gaetz said he won’t be voting for Kevin McCarthy for Speaker because he’s “just a shill of The Establishment.”