Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz went on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America” and gave a blunt answer regarding why he will not run for the speakership.
“Well, mostly because I would not have the requisite support,” Gaetz stated.
“I don’t have anywhere near the votes it would take to be speaker of the House.”
.@SpeakerMcCarthy purposefully backed us up against the wall on spending bills and then sent everyone home at 3pm on a Thursday.
This is not the French work week.
We’re going to have to address his leadership after we get through this government funding crisis. pic.twitter.com/cxHLd4BePc
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 22, 2023
Host Rob Finnerty noted the “mini-rebellion” that occurred before and during now-Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s tenure with the title.
“We got to try something different, because we’ve had eight months of failure theater,” Gaetz added regarding his disapproval of McCarthy.
Gaetz has been very vocal about his dislike of McCarthy.
Earlier in September, he called out the speaker regarding his lack of holding votes for term limits, not releasing full surveillance video of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion and not holding President Joe Biden’s family accountable for their alleged criminal activity.