Gaetz Accidentally Gives Democrats Massive Win?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Following the historic ousting of Kevin McCarthy from the speaker’s office almost two weeks ago, reports have come out that a bipartisan group of Republican and Democratic representatives are currently holding discussions in order to decide on the next House Speaker. The vote to oust McCarthy was initiated by Rep. Matt Gaetz.

On October 3, Gaetz, who had filed the “motion to vacate” along with eight other hardline Republicans and all of the Democratic caucus voted for McCarthy to be removed from his position. The move has resulted in the House erupting into chaos and has resulted in the House being unable to pass any legislation at a time when they are supposed to decide on a funding deal in order to stop a potential government shutdown.

On Thursday, the initial Republican nominee for the Speakership, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise dropped out of the race after claiming that he would not be able to win the required votes in order to become the House Speaker. He further stated that the Republican conference needed to unite and that they had not yet done so.

Rep. Jim Jordan, who is an ally of former President Donald Trump and the conservative Freedom Caucus’ founding chair, has been selected by the Republican party as the next nominee. However, Jordan is also quite far away from having the 217 votes that are required for him to win the gavel. The slim GOP majority in the House means that four Republican Representatives voting against a candidate is enough to block them from becoming the Speaker.

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