Gaetz, Boebert say the GOP speaker’s split in the House of Representatives was “never about Kevin McCarthy,” it was about the American people

Two Republican lawmakers-elect who did not vote in favor of Rep-elect Kevin McCarthy’s candidacy Friday night said their efforts were aimed at making Congress more transparent and working for the American people.

Rep. Elect Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Matt Gaetz of Florida took the “Hannity Hot Seat” after Boebert fought with host Sean Hannity over her position as one of then-more than a dozen No-McCarthy holdouts.

Gaetz, a Pensacola-area congressman who once named Donald Trump in the running for the speaker, said it was never about personalities, it was about people:

“[T]It was never about me or Kevin McCarthy. It’s about the American people. And the American people want to know that the rules of the House of Representatives would never allow anything like that awful, awful omnibus bill to ever pass again,” he said.

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Rep. Elect Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., delivers a speech in the House of Representatives chamber along with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Rep. Elect Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., delivers a speech in the House of Representatives chamber along with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
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“And that’s what Congresswoman Boebert and I worked on.”

Gaetz and other lawmakers who did not support McCarthy’s candidacy as of press time have been concerned about hitting a one-vote threshold for a “motion to vacate” the speaker’s chair and generally want to ensure opportunities to change bills and their content keep them relevant to their top line and allow fair time for debate.

In “Hannity,” Gaetz expressed his appreciation that McCarthy was reportedly open to changes that he and others had called for.

“[W]We’re just getting to a point where I’m running out of things to ask for — read the bills, have a balanced budget, have a bigger plan. Kevin McCarthy agrees with all of those things.”

“And again, it was never about him. It was about draining the swamp and making this a more honest, transparent and open place.”

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Matt Gaetz (R-FL) exits the committee room during a hearing.

Matt Gaetz (R-FL) exits the committee room during a hearing.
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He concluded that another key to a successful Republican majority in the House of Representatives is being able to hold the Biden administration to account in the future.

Speaking to Hannity, Boebert Gaetz agreed that critics who believed holdouts sought “personal gain” were wrong.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said. “Myself, Matt Gaetz and every single one of the 20 Conservatives who called for these changes did it for the good of the country: period.”

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Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Reps. Scott Perry, R-Pa., right, and Andy Barr, R-Ky., are seen on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Reps. Scott Perry, R-Pa., right, and Andy Barr, R-Ky., are seen on the floor of the House of Representatives.
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Boebert also offered a similar tone of caucus unity, as despite fierce disagreements and debates in recent days, Republicans were supposed to come together to offer conservative solutions and bring about “historic sea-changes in DC.”

She added that the speakership debate also likely better prepared the Republican faction to lead and govern in the future.

Earlier Friday, several former holdouts cast their first ballot in favor of McCarthy, leaving 6 Republicans in the former camp.

Boebert voted “present” during Friday’s 10:00 p.m. House session.

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