Oust Alert: Gaetz Challenges McCarthy in Capitol Showdown

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks to reporters after leaving a meeting on the morning after he filed a motion to strip Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., from his leadership role, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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Capitol Hill is buzzing as Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz pushes to dethrone Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Gaetz’s move, a motion to vacate, requires the House to vote within two legislative days on whether to unseat McCarthy.

Interestingly, McCarthy himself has permitted such a challenge during a past dispute, likely not foreseeing it being used against him.

This isn’t just party infighting. The ripple effects are significant. McCarthy needs Democratic votes to retain his position given the strength of his far-right opposition. But will Democrats lend a hand?

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., talks to reporters after a closed-door meeting with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and other House Republicans after Gaetz filed a motion to oust McCarthy from his leadership role, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Previously they’ve been unanimous in supporting their own leader, Hakeem Jeffries, and McCarthy’s actions, such as initiating an impeachment inquiry into Biden, haven’t endeared him to the opposing party.

But if this bid fails, Gaetz threatens repeated removal attempts, a tactic rarely seen in the House’s long history. If McCarthy were to be removed, the House would grind to a halt, unable to conduct legislative business.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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