In an interview on “Meet the Press,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) expressed his commitment to the cause of removing former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from his top leadership post in the House of Representatives.

When asked by NBC’s Kristen Welker if it was worth risking his congressional seat for this endeavor, Gaetz replied, “Absolutely.” He emphasized that his primary mission is to advocate for his constituents and ensure that the country avoids a path leading to financial instability.

As the House GOP prepares to convene this week to select a new Speaker, Gaetz predicted that the process would be more efficient than the previous election, which required 15 rounds of voting over five days to elect McCarthy. Gaetz also addressed the suggestion from some Republicans that he should be removed from Congress, deeming it “crazy” and highlighting that he was elected to Congress with approximately 70 percent of his district’s vote.

When Welker inquired if it was “irresponsible” to pursue a motion to vacate without a clear replacement for Speaker, Gaetz asserted that they indeed have two highly respected candidates for the position, dispelling any uncertainty surrounding the transition.

Gaetz took the lead in the effort to oust McCarthy from the Speaker’s office, following months of threats stemming from McCarthy’s agreement with Democrats to prevent a government shutdown. This endeavor resulted in a historic event, as eight Republicans, along with all Democrats, united to remove McCarthy, marking the first-ever ousting of a Speaker in US history.


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