Importantly, the conservative group was not fully committed to the anti-McCarthy program – although the chair rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) is engaged — and will fail miserably. Representative. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) told Bannon on Monday that she bristled at any attempt to undercut McCarthy.
“It’s very dangerous to make a leadership challenge right now, especially for the speaker of the House, when they’re going to open the door and let Liz Cheney be the speaker,” Green said, adding that McCarthy “is already looking good. Other than the challenge that’s been made in the last few days, in the whole convention.”
Not to mention that McCarthy’s allies have long grown weary of the independence caucus maneuvering, dating back to the right’s role in destroying his speakership dreams seven years ago.
“These stories of palace intrigue are premature, and they are still counting votes. What I can tell you with certainty is that Mr. Jordan is looking forward to being chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the next Congress,” Jordan spokesman Russell Dye said when asked about the anti-McCarthy plan.
A Perry spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment on the project, whose second phase is being held more closely than the first.
McCarthy supporters point out that he is unlikely to go quietly if the independence caucus tries to drag him back into the fray. When he withdrew from the speakership controversy in 2015, he said he had done so.For the betterment of the conference.” At this point, supporters will encourage him to push back against any opposition.
It may not come out in full force on Tuesday, but McCarthy could face real stability as the House majority remains uncertain despite lofty predictions of a “red tide.” He also has to stare down emboldened centrists who are ready to press him for their own concessions.
Things will get even more bitter when Republicans choose their next No. 3.
McCarthy’s no. 2, Rep has no current signs of an internal problem. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the incoming GOP House Majority Leader. The race for the majority whip is another story.
Three powerful contenders are vying for the role of whip, the highest-ranking open leadership position in years. representatives. Tom Emmer (R-min.), Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) is rushing to lock in support ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled vote — including guarantees if the vote goes to a second vote, which many Republicans see as the secret to former Speaker John Boehner’s early rise.
The first step comes Monday, when GOP lawmakers will hear from the three candidates and ask them questions about their records. As House GOP campaign chairman, Emmer could be pressured by the party’s disappointing performance in the midterms, which ended with far fewer pickups than dozens of seats previously planned.
Having won two terms in a row leading the National Republican Congressional Committee, Emmer’s allies insist he can win even if a majority is not called for. Ferguson, the current deputy chief whip, urges members that he will have a less steep learning curve on the job, which will be useful with tighter margins.
Banks, the Republican congressional chairman, has sought to present himself as a more conservative option, loudly broadcasting his close ties to Trump world.
Voting will be by secret ballot, which provides protection to members from outside monitoring.
Favorite at number 4
Another contested House Republican leadership race is for the conference chairmanship. Representative Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.) is widely seen as poised to win a second term in the GOP messaging role, though he has had to campaign harder than expected amid a challenge from independent caucus member Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.).
Donalds, one of two black House Republicans, has said his challenge to Stefanik is less about providing an alternative to members who want to go in a different direction from the current slate. He also positions himself as someone who inspires younger and more diverse converts to conservatism.
Stefanik, the top woman in congressional Republican leadership, says she has experience and strong marks for delivering conference messages after the party tapped her to replace a ousted Trump critic delegate. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).
Jourdain Carney and Anthony Adragna contributed to this report.
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