California’s Kevin McCarthy is the presumptive new House speaker.
However, it’s possible he won’t get enough votes from his fellow Republicans to fill the role.
Waiting on the flank is Rep. Steve Scalise, who many see as an easy vote.
just news Report:
Scalise must be ready to take House speaker’s gavel if McCarthy doesn’t get votes: GOP insider
Given California Republicans’ struggles, GOP insiders are pushing Republican whip Rep. Steve Sculley if leading contender Kevin McCarthy fails to secure a majority in the Jan. 3 ballot Stanley (R-La.) is the candidate to become Speaker of the House of Representatives, according to the “Washington Times” report, in order to get enough Republican votes.
The narrow Republican majority in the midterm elections meant that McCarthy could only survive four GOP defections. Five people currently oppose McCarthy’s gavel: Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Matt Gates of Florida, Matthew Rosendale of Montana, Lahr of South Carolina Norman and Bob Goode of Virginia.
“If Kevin doesn’t get it, Scalise is easy to get,” a Republican source told The New York Times. “I think people just trust Steve more and not always trust Kevin. Scalise is more reserved about things that are important to some people,” said another.
Part of McCarthy’s difficulty has been his reluctance to negotiate with opponents, including Biggs, who is actively running for Speaker, for fear it would encourage them to make more demands, “Republicans familiar with Mr. McCarthy’s thinking” told the New York Times.
Scalise would be a good choice.
The Democrats’ Omnibus Spending Bill directs millions of taxpayer dollars toward border security, yet impedes border security in our own country.
They always put America last. pic.twitter.com/Oo9MGN3OaJ
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 22, 2022
Republicans need to come together quickly.
cross-posted from American Lookout.