Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) seems to be bent on revenge.
McCarthy was doing the media circuit this weekend when he dropped a bit of a bombshell about Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
According to McCarthy, Gaetz could soon face the same punishment as Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.).
The House is expected to take up the matter of expelling Santos from Congress this week after a hellacious report from the House Ethics Committee was released.
Santos, who is now facing 23 federal charges, appears to be destined for expulsion.
Quite honestly, this should have been addressed by McCarthy when he was Speaker after it was revealed that Santos fabricated his entire resume. The fact McCarthy refused to act, at least in my opinion, showed that he had no backbone.
It also showed the failings of Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chair, who should have vetted Santos better.
Now, however, McCarthy wants to see Gaetz, who led the effort to expel him, meet the same fate as Santos.
He stated, “I think once that Ethics complaint comes forward, he could have the same problem as Santos has.
“I think the conference would be probably better united to be able to move forward and get this all done.”
The problem here is that Gaetz has done nothing to warrant expulsion, so this purely revenge move by McCarthy, which I believe would only cause more divide.
Gaetz even hinted at this last month, stating, “I am the most investigated man in the United States Congress.
“It seems that the Ethics Committee’s interest in me waxes and wanes based on my relationship with the speaker.”
I would suggest that perhaps Congress get back to work legislating and stop carrying out these personal attacks before Republicans blow another great opportunity to extend their majority and win back the White House.