Many believe that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will run opposed in his bid to become the new House Speaker once republicans regain the majority.
However, at least one MAGA republican says “not so fast.”
Andy Biggs is the former House Freedom Caucus Chairman, and he’s not so certain that McCarthy is the right man for the job.
“I think we need to have a real discussion about whether he should be the speaker or not,” Biggs proclaimed on Thursday.
Biggs believes that McCarthy may not be a strong enough candidate for the party:
“He’s back-pedaled on things like impeachment. In some ways, that indicates a willingness to be weakening the oversight authority that we need to have, and the leverage points we need to have in order to deal with a Democrat president.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 14, 2022
The Washington Examiner reports:
Former House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) is likely to run against House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to become the next speaker of the House if Republicans lock down a majority in the lower chamber, a member of the powerful conservative group confirmed on Sunday.
Biggs has been critical of McCarthy’s leadership in the minority, voicing concerns that the California Republican won’t prioritize issues important to the far-right flank of the party. CNN reported the news of Biggs’s likely bid against McCarthy.
“I think we need to have a real discussion about whether he should be the speaker or not,” Biggs told reporters on Thursday.
Sounds like Andy Biggs of the House Freedom Caucus will challenge Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House.
— Ethan Harsell (@ethan_harsell) November 14, 2022
Congressman Andy Biggs is expected to announce his plans to challenge Kevin McCarthy for leadership.
— Breanna Morello (@BreannaMorello) November 14, 2022
If this actually comes into fruition, and Biggs becomes Speaker instead of McCarthy, it may very well be worth the disappointing results we saw last Tuesday.
But sadly, the RINOs would never let it happen. https://t.co/pME2qbgdyB
— Red Eagle Politics (@RedEaglePatriot) November 14, 2022
NEWS: Andy Biggs likely to challenge McCarthy to show he doesn’t have the speaker votes. McCarthy & Trump have spoke multiple times since Tues. And McConnell facing dissension of his own.
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) November 13, 2022
Freedom Caucus Rep. Andy Biggs says 'not so fast' to McCarthy speakership after disappointing election results. Biggs says not a 'forgone conclusion' that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should be the next House Speaker.https://t.co/2fkYcaZAFM
— DavidDickson (@DavidDickson56) November 10, 2022
Everyone is rethinking GOP leadership https://t.co/oeJ7LRpuzz
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 11, 2022
Daily Caller has more on the current situation within GOP leadership:
“I would say maybe, not so fast,” Biggs said of a McCarthy speakership on The Absolute Truth with Emerald Robinson podcast. “Maybe we should have a good discussion within the confines of our internal body. Look, we were told we were going to have an incredible, incredible wave. And if that were to have been the case, a 20, 30, 40 seat margin, you would say, ‘well Kevin’s the presumptive Republican nominee for Speaker.’”
“But I think we need to have a serious discussion. He’s back-pedaled on things like impeachment. In some ways, that indicates a willingness to be weakening the oversight authority that we need to have, and the leverage points we need to have in order to deal with a Democrat president.”
“Not so fast” says Andy Biggs..
HOT TAKE:@RepAndyBiggsAZ says the Republican caucus should debate the future of leadership in the House, adding that a "Speaker McCarthy" should not be a foregone conclusion for a Republican majority. pic.twitter.com/gaPvO5JbRy
— The Absolute Truth with Emerald Robinson (@AbsoluteWithE) November 9, 2022
— Charles J Svestka (@TheRealSves) November 14, 2022
I’d be fine with any of the following becoming speaker of the house:
Marjorie Taylor Greene https://t.co/S1iYmBjGzT
— Rambo (@RamboTerrific) November 14, 2022