Ryan E.
November 13, 2022

Freedom Caucus discussing rival candidates for speaker amid standoff with McCarthy

Republicans haven't officially won a majority in the House yet, but that's not stopping Kevin McCarthy from following his heart and taking action:

He's already making a bid to be Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Other names have been floated around as well, such as Steve Scalise and Mike Johnson. Currently, however, they're both saying that McCarthy is the man for the job.

That is definitely NOT the consensus throughout the entire Republican Party.

Take Representative Bob Good from Virginia. "Kevin McCarthy has done nothing in two years to earn my vote," Good asserted.

Scott Perry doesn't exactly oppose McCarthy, but instead of just handing McCarthy the keys, Perry wants a little bit of a negotiation first.

"There's a point of leverage in these leadership votes," he said. "We want to have a conversation, devoid of the politics about who is leading, on how the House should operate, how legislation should pass."

Back in 2015 McCarthy was prevented from ascending to the speakership because of the Freedom Caucus. Even if Republicans take the majority after all of 2022's midterm votes are counted, it might happen to McCarthy again.

One source close to the Freedom Caucus has revealed how McCarthy can avoid being stonewalled by them again: agree to do whatever the Freedom Caucus wants.

"There's a fairly easy solution here," the source said. "McCarthy can support popular reforms to decentralize the speaker's power and empower individual members, or he can roll the dice that someone else won't make that compromise and get the speaker's gavel."

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