“We know Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He does not have the full support of being a speaker,” Greene said in an episode of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s podcast aired Thursday morning. “He does not have the votes that are there, because there are many of us who are very unhappy that Republicans can not be held accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar and many others just constantly take the abuse of Democrats.”
Greene, who previously told reporters she would make a list of requirements to get her speaker’s voice, mentioned some of the challenges that lay ahead in McCarthy’s search for the speaker’s hammer. Among her demands, Republican Gaetz said she wants other GOP representatives Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming thrown out of the House Republican Conference to serve on the committee on Jan. 6, something McCarthy has so far resisted. She also said she has no respect for the current GOP leadership.
Greene’s command comes amid frustration from some Republicans over GOP House leadership as McCarthy looks at the House’s leadership position. Trump’s allies in Congress – who have expressed growing skepticism and frustration with McCarthy in recent weeks – have already begun to flex their muscles in the potential race for speeches, which is still more than a year away.
Depending on the party’s margins, McCarthy could have a math problem if these Trump allies stick together. The House Freedom Caucus, which once denied McCarthy the rostrum, is made up of about 40 members.
Some in Trump’s circle, including Gaetz and Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows, have also teased that Trump should make a game for the speaker’s hammer, a move that could be designed to put McCarthy on the field and remind him of the leverage that MAGA have. wing of the party would have in a speech race.
Greene also wants to see moderate Representative John Katko, a New York Republican and McCarthy ally, lose his first seat on the House Homeland Security Committee. Katko, who represents a central swing district, supported the two-party infrastructure law, voted to put Trump in court, and supported the democratically led effort to remove Greene from her committee.
“Katko is not a Republican. He’s a Democrat,” Greene said. “Our conference and the NRCC must stop playing this majority-creating game.”