Gaetz v. McCarthy: The GOP Divide Gets Wider

( – The legendary fight between the Hatfields and McCoys is one of the most famous family feuds in American folklore, but one brewing within the House of Representatives could become a rival for that distinction. Fortunately, the 21st-Century version is being waged with words and threats to political positions instead of bullets, which tend to lead to a more final resolution.

Gaetz v. McCarthy

Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has launched a full-scale assault against the Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) that could see the gavel slip from the Speaker’s grasp. The congressman from Florida has apparently had more than enough of what he views as the Californian’s backtracking and ignoring the promises he made to get the Freedom Caucus’s support in his quest for his current position.

When the House reconvened in January 2023 after the Republicans regained control of the majority in the just prior November midterm elections, it took an astounding 15 attempts before McCarthy could garner enough votes to become Speaker. Among the promises he made were to “use the power of the purse and the power of the subpoena” as well as reining in the number of “thousand-page pork barrel behemoths” of bills so common in recent years.

Gaetz took exception because they have yet to issue a single subpoena to Hunter Biden and pointed out that “at this point during Democrat control over” the chamber, they had brought in Donald Trump Jr. three times. He also blasted McCarthy for failing to “use the power of the purse” to cut the out-of-control spending by Democrats on things like the Green New Deal.

After a closed-door meeting of Republicans on September 14, multiple outlets reported that several sources, including Representative Brian Mast (R-FL), told them that McCarthy’s temper boiled over. Speaking to those who share Gaetz’s feelings, he said, “If you want to file a motion to vacate [the Speakership], then file the f-ing motion.”

Manu Raju, CNN’s congressional correspondent, reported on this with a post to his 630,000 X (formerly Twitter) followers, and apparently Gaetz is one of them. The Floridian replied to the reporter saying, “Sounds like he’s getting my message [and] this could be a good sign.”

McCarthy used his position as Speaker to open an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden amid allegations that he and the rest of his family accepted bribes totaling in the “tens of millions of dollars” from Hunter’s business contacts in Ukraine and China. On September 17, he also claimed that they would be issuing subpoenas to the president’s son, but not until “the appropriate time,” whenever that might be.

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