House Republican Kevin McCarthy has decided to join his opposition and vote against himself as speaker of the house. The grueling vote to confirm leadership is heading into its 5th day with no end in sight. McCarthy’s decision to vote against himself is seen as a power play by many in Washington, as it could potentially end the deadlock and allow McCarthy to become the new speaker.
Immediately following McCarthy’s move to oppose himself, Virginia Republican Bob Good announced his plans to leave the opposition team and vote for McCarthy. “I can’t get behind anything this man does. I want to make sure I keep my promise to all my fellow Virginians, I will not vote for one thing Kevin McCarthy votes for.” Good said during an exclusive with The Seekonk Reporter.
Representative Good is not alone in switching sides in the battle for House leadership. Word on the hill is 17 other House Republicans including Matt Rosendale (R-Mont), Scott Perry (R-PA), Eli Crane (R-AZ), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) are considering joining Good and voting to support McCarthy.
Many are shocked by the move and are even more shocked it seems to be working. Should the 17 other Republicans join Good in voting for McCarthy, it could be enough to break the deadlock and finally elect a speaker. It is still too early to tell what will happen, but it appears that Kevin McCarthy’s gamble may pay off and he could finally become Speaker of The House.