GOP infighting over who will become the next speaker appears to be boiling over.
Far-right Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) accused Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) of “crossing a Rubicon” when she criticized Republicans who plan to vote against Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) becoming speaker.
Biggs’ comments come as the contest for Republican House Speaker heats up, with competing GOP factions taking potshots.
Republicans have a “Never Kevin Five” that comprises Biggs, Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Ralph Norman (R-SC), and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) trying to sink McCarthy’s speakership bid. That anti-McCarthy GOP opposition movement has subsequently clashed with a familiar figure and former close ally: Greene.
In an op-ed for The Daily Caller last week, Greene wrote that “lying to the base is a red line” and “that’s what five of my closest colleagues are doing when they claim a consensus House Speaker candidate will emerge as they oppose Kevin McCarthy.”
Late last week, Biggs replied to Greene’s allegation by claiming the Georgia Republican’s latest attack was inappropriate.
“She’s kind of crossed the Rubicon there. She’s calling us liars and saying we’re misleading,” Biggs fired back late last week on Lindell TV to ex-Newsmax correspondent Emerald Robinson.
The conflict of words has only gotten more public in the recent week, not just amongst fellow members of Congress, but also as far-right pundits join in.
The Daily Beast earlier reported on Friday that members of the far-right have begun to turn on Greene because of her vocal support for McCarthy.
“Marjorie is NOT America First, but regrettably a faker and a liar who raised millions claiming she would impeach Biden, and now backs a man for Speaker who refuses to impeach Biden,” far-right radio host Stew Peters told The Daily Beast.
The floor vote for House Speaker is scheduled for January 3.