Gaetz willing to be expelled from Republican conference if it helps Jordan
The eight Republicans who led the charge to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy say they are willing to be expelled from the Republican conference as punishment, if that’s what it takes to get the Republicans who don’t support Jim Jordan to vote for him.
Here’s what they said:
Rep. Matt Gaetz R-Fla.
So we’ve made them an offer. The eight of us have said that we are willing to accept censure, sanction, suspension, removal from the republican conference. We of course will remain Republicans, continue to vote with Republicans on Republican principles. But if what these holdouts need is a pound of our flesh, we’re willing to give it to them in order to see them elect Jim Jordan for Speaker.
Rep. Bob Good, R-Va.
We believe what we did was right, we stand behind what we did. We believe the Republican party, the republican conference needs to change. Congress needs to change. However, if we’re the reason that the conference can’t come together and elect our speaker designee then we’re willing to submit ourselves to whatever consequence.
Rep. Tim Burchett R-Tenn.
This is not about us, this is bigger than us. That’s why we’re offering ourselves on this thing. It’s about the eight of us saying this is what we’ll do.
Jordan lost support on a third round of ballots Friday, 25 Republicans voted against him compared to 22 during the second round.
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