“We know Kevin McCarthy has a problem with our convention. He doesn’t have the full support to be a speaker,” Green said on an episode of Florida Representative Matt Gaetz’s podcast aired Thursday morning. “He doesn’t have the votes out there, because there are a lot of us who are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans to account, while conservatives like myself, Paul Gosar, and many others are constantly dealing with abuse by Democrats.”
Greene, who previously told reporters she would draw up a list of demands to win the speaker’s vote, mentioned some of the challenges that await McCarthy’s quest for the hammer. Among her demands, Republican told Gates that she wanted GOP representatives Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming had been expelled from the House Republican convention for serving on the Jan. 6 committee, something McCarthy has thus far rejected. She also said she had no respect for the current leadership of the Republican Party.
The leadership from Greene comes amid frustration in some Republicans with the GOP leadership in the House of Representatives while McCarthy aspires to a leadership position in the House. Trump allies in Congress — who have expressed growing skepticism and frustration with McCarthy in recent weeks — have begun flexing their muscles in the potential race for speakers, which is still more than a year away.
Depending on the party’s margins, McCarthy could face an arithmetic problem if these Trump allies stay together. The House Freedom Caucus, which McCarthy once denied before, has roughly 40 members.
Some in Trump’s orbit, including Gates and former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, have also quipped that Trump should play the hammer, a move that could be designed to notify McCarthy and remind him of the influence MAGA would have as the party’s wing in the speaker race.
Green also wants to see moderate Representative John Katko, a New York Republican and McCarthy ally, lose his top spot on the House Homeland Security Committee. Catko, a major swing region, backed the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, voted to impeach Trump and backed Democratic-led efforts to remove Green from its committees.
“Katko is not a Republican. He is a Democrat,” Green said. “Our conference and the NRCC need to stop playing this majority maker game.”