Republicans in the House of Representatives are increasingly expressing their opposition to Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, with some even considering the possibility of removing him from his position. One of these Republicans is Representative Eli Crane from Arizona, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus.
Crane recently showed his support for a Motion to Vacate against McCarthy by reposting a video of his fellow Freedom Caucus member, Representative Matt Gaetz. In the video, Gaetz openly threatened to initiate McCarthy’s removal if he continues to break the promises that secured his position as Speaker of the House.
During his speech, Gaetz listed several commitments that McCarthy made in order to be elected as Speaker, all of which he has failed to fulfill. These commitments include not relying on continuing resolutions or individual spending bills, voting on balanced budgets and term limits, investigating Hunter Biden and the other members of the Biden family, and impeaching President Joe Biden.
Crane shared the particular quote from Gaetz’s speech where he mentioned the possibility of a Motion to Vacate against McCarthy. “A motion to vacate might not pass at first, but it might before the 15th vote,” Gaetz said. Crane added a fire and fist emoji to show his agreement with Gaetz.
This announcement from Crane follows a growing number of Freedom Caucus members who have voiced their discontent with McCarthy’s leadership. Many of these members resisted McCarthy’s campaign to become Speaker and now feel that he is not living up to the conditions he agreed to when he was elected earlier this year.
One example is Representative Bob Good, who recently appeared on the John Fredericks Show and echoed Gaetz’s sentiments. Good stated that McCarthy is “out of compliance” with the conditions that were set for his speakership.
The increasing opposition to McCarthy within his own party raises concerns about the stability and unity of the Republican Party in the House. Removing McCarthy from the Speaker’s chair would not only be a blow to his leadership but could also lead to further divisions within the party.
As the discontent among House conservatives continues to reach a boiling point, it remains to be seen whether a Motion to Vacate against McCarthy will gain enough support. However, with support from influential members such as Crane and Good, it is clear that McCarthy’s position as Speaker of the House is becoming increasingly tenuous.