Reports have emerged that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is actively collaborating with Democratic members of Congress in an effort to oust House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Sources close to the situation have revealed that Gaetz has been in discussions with various members across the aisle, indicating a potential shift in House GOP dynamics.
The news comes amidst a backdrop of heightened political tension in Congress, with Republicans grappling with internal division and the challenges of bipartisan cooperation.
According to Politico, Gaetz has been privately approaching House Democrats to rally support for his efforts to remove McCarthy from the position of Speaker of the House. Gaetz’s actions come as he threatens to initiate a vote to oust McCarthy if the latter collaborates with Democrats to prevent a government shutdown.
Among the Democrats Gaetz has reached out to is the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). Jayapal confirmed her conversation with Gaetz, stating that the Progressive Caucus has no intentions of saving McCarthy. She also emphasized the need to address the imminent government shutdown before considering any moves against the Speaker.
“He’s been talking to everybody about it,” Jayapal said to Politico. “I told him in our