Freedom Caucus Dissenters Threaten to Derail McCarthy’s Bid for Speaker

As Fox News reported, Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, has taken on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, in a public disagreement over who House Republicans should support as the next speaker of the House. 

Both lawmakers are strong supporters of former President Trump, but they disagree on their support for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, and his aspirations to become the next speaker.

At a Turning Point USA conference in Phoenix, Boebert was asked why she did not join Greene in supporting McCarthy. In response, Boebert stated, “I don’t believe in this just like I don’t believe in Jewish space lasers,” alluding to various QAnon conspiracy theories that Greene once espoused but later repudiated.

Greene called Boebert’s comments a “cheap sound bite” and criticized her for taking McCarthy’s campaign funds but opposing him for speaker.

In response, Boebert released a statement to the Daily Caller, criticizing Greene for her various controversies, including her support of Jewish space lasers and attendance at a white supremacist conference.

Boebert emphasized her support for President Trump and stated, “The only person who can answer for Marjorie’s words and actions is Marjorie.”

Despite the overwhelming majority of the GOP conference supporting McCarthy, members of the Freedom Caucus have demanded changes to House rules that would decentralize power before lending him their support. Boebert has not yet committed to supporting McCarthy ahead of the speaker vote. 

With the GOP holding a 222-seat majority, the hardliners claim they have the ability to block McCarthy’s bid for speaker unless he agrees to their demands or another candidate emerges.

However, McCarthy’s allies have insisted that the Freedom Caucus’s efforts are futile, with Rep. Don Bacon, a moderate from Nebraska, stating that “about 95%” of House Republicans are with McCarthy.