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House Republicans to Meet to Choose Speaker Nominee

House Republicans to Meet to Choose Speaker Nominee

There are nine candidates.

The House of Representatives does not have a Speaker after three weeks. The Democrats and eight Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz ousted Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

The government is at a standstill.

*Insert sly Ron Swanson smile*

Nominee Majority Leader Steve Scalise didn’t even reach the House floor. Nominee Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan lost three floor votes, with more “no” Republicans in each round.

The House Republicans will meet on Monday evening to choose a nominee to take the House floor.

We know none of the Democrats will cross the aisle and vote yes. If all Republicans are present, then the nominee needs 217 Republican votes. He can only lose four votes.

Nine people filed to run for Speaker after Jordan withdrew from the race:

  • Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI)
  • Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL)
  • House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN)
  • Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK)
  • House Republican Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson (R-LA)
  • Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA)
  • Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL)
  • Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA)
  • Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)

The format includes candidates giving two-minute introduction speeches, a 90-minute Q&A, and a one-minute closing speech.

Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry already shot down any attempt to give him more powers to act as Speaker.

Rep. Mike Flood (R-NE) wants the members to pledge support and vote for the eventual nominee (his emphasis):

“Electing the next Speaker of the House will require unity from House Republicans,” said Congressman Flood. “This pledge is a new effort to help our conference put our differences aside and come together. I’m urging all my colleagues to join this pledge so we can move forward with electing a Speaker and get on with the people’s business.”

The text of the Unity Pledge reads as follows:

“House Republicans need to elect a Speaker as soon as possible in order to return to work on behalf of the American people. It is time to put politics and personalities aside and unite behind the next Republican Conference choice for Speaker.

I, _______ , hereby pledge to support the Speaker Designate duly elected by the House Republican Conference—regardless of who that candidate is—when their election proceeds to the House Floor. Further, I pledge to vote for the Speaker Designate on the House Floor for as long as they remain the Speaker Designate.

Maybe the Republicans should have won more elections last year. You know, supporting the candidate who could win the district.


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IneedAhaircut | October 23, 2023 at 3:56 pm

Politics is like hot dogs. The public really doesn’t want to know how it gets made. So, please, just pick somebody and get the party off the news.

We need a tenth choice: Chip Roy

Leading the pack is Emmer a Soros shill. Hopefully the ( probably new ) holdouts will stand firm against him.

Now there are some threatening to vote out those who hold out. Probably lead by the people who hel out last time,.

This will not end well for us

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | October 23, 2023 at 4:45 pm

I like Byron Donalds and a few of the others, but, to be honest, I would prefer that the House stay shut for a while longer. I have no desire to see the executive branch getting any more money for anything – most certainly not for Ukraine and not for “the border”, which will only be treasonously used by Traitor Joe and his junta to increase illegal invasion even more. Not one red cent should go to the border patrol. Shut them down. I have no interest in paying the border patrol to cut razor wire that Texas put up to keep illegals out. Let the border patrol sit at home and let the razor wire stay intact and let the Texas national guard start taking up some duties on the border, keeping Traitor Joe’s invading army out.

Keep the House closed for a while more. Maybe let it stay closed until the feral government has to shut down lots of operations, too. Works for me. It’s a far better deal than that ridiculous debt-ceiling deal McCarthy did, or that repulsive CR funding that he did that every single Democrat voted for, save one.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | October 23, 2023 at 5:12 pm

For what it’s worth, Heritage Action For America ratings of each:

Of course, no one above a 90% will be considered. McCarthy is at 78% during the 118th Congress. Gaetz is at 84%. Jordan is at 82%

Anyone in the high 90’s hasn’t got a chance.

Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) 84%

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) 98%

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) 82%

Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) 98%

House Republican Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson (R-LA) 84%

Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA) 82%

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) 98%

Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) 84%

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) 98%

    Heritage Foundation has become a Putin shill

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to AF_Chief_Master_Sgt. | October 23, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    For balance, here are the Heritage and CPAC scores:

    C 84%
    H 78%

    C 92%
    H 84%

    C 100%
    H 82%

    Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI)
    C 76%
    H 84%

    Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL)
    C 97%
    H 98%

    House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN)
    C 80%
    H 82%

    Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK)
    C 98%
    H 98%

    House Republican Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson (R-LA)
    C 92%
    H 84%

    Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA)
    C 77%
    H 82%

    Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL)
    C 95%
    H 98%

    Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA)
    C 85%
    H 84%

    Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
    C 93%
    H 98%

Subotai Bahadur | October 23, 2023 at 6:06 pm

They are desperate to pick a Speaker who by his actions and inactions will make the technical existence of a Republican House majority just that; a technicality. Plenty of GOPe members would be perfectly happy in the minority.

Subotai Bahadur

    CommoChief in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | October 23, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    True. Many seem to prefer the minority b/c it relieves them of responsibility to pass legislation that reflects the policy priorities of the constituents who put them in office.

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | October 23, 2023 at 7:09 pm

      Seriously. When they suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves in control of everything for two whole years after Trump was elected, too many of them needed Tampaxes, Cartman-style.

        CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | October 23, 2023 at 7:33 pm

        Maybe nominating Ron Paul would work to emphasize just how much less controversial Jordan would have been as Speaker.

        IMO Rep Palmer of Alabama is a bad choice. Abandoned his term limit pledge to run for a fifth term b/c ‘Alabama needs seniority in the delegation’ the Seniority being provided by him. He also hasn’t explained what going on with the campaign funds he took from FTX.

    ChrisPeters in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | October 23, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    They prefer the minority, actually. It’s would prefer to pretend to care about good government while in the minority than to actually implement good government while in the majority.

Didn’t Emmer previously worker George Soros?

    Milhouse in reply to MarkS. | October 24, 2023 at 2:49 am

    No. When is this supposed to have happened?

    From which swamp did you dredge this scurrilous accusation? Or did you make it up yourself?

    Milhouse in reply to MarkS. | October 24, 2023 at 3:02 am

    OK, I tracked down where this allegation comes from. No, he never worked for Soros. He briefly took a part-time job with an organization backing a public policy initiative; that organization was supported mainly by Democrat donors, including one donation by Soros’s son Jonathan. It was a large donation, but not nearly large enough to justify a claim that anyone working for the organization was working for Soros. If Soros donates to the Red Cross, does that make everyone who works for it a Soros employee?!

    Milhouse in reply to MarkS. | October 24, 2023 at 3:04 am

    Oh, and Emmer so “worked for Soros” that he was actually accused (by the usual suspects) of antisemitism because he dared to criticize Soros, Bloomberg, and Steyer (who for some reason a lot of Democrats seem to imagine is Jewish; doesn’t that make them antisemites?)

at Ace of Spades:

THE MORNING RANT: Until House Republicans Commit to Eliminating Omnibus Spending Bills, I Can’t Be Bothered to Care about the Speaker Situation
—Buck Throckmorton

LOL. I’m shocked nobody has suggested bringing back Paul “Eddie Munster” Ryan.

What an elementary school farce. These are the people we’re supposed to vote for?