Gaetz says he will seek to oust McCarthy as speaker this week. ‘Bring it on,’ McCarthy says

October 02, 2023

Gaetz, a longtime McCarthy nemesis, said in broadcast interviews that McCarthy was in “brazen, material breach” of agreements he made with House Republicans in January when he ran for speaker. Procedural votes could be offered to halt the motion or it could trigger a House floor vote on whether McCarthy, R-Calif., should remain speaker. “I’ll leave that to the leadership in the House and the Senate.”Gaetz’s tactics have generated considerable scorn from many House Republicans. In January, as he ran for speaker, McCarthy agreed to give as few as five Republican members the ability to initiate a vote to remove him. McCarthy expressed optimism Sunday that Gaetz would fail and said that Gaetz has been after him since he ran for speaker.