Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, who has issued a clarion call for change, has indicated that when the new Congress convenes, he will vie for the position of House speaker.
CBS News reports that Biggs was defeated by a vote of 188 to 31 in the Republican Caucus, where he criticized current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. Biggs had argued for a drastic shift in direction for the House Republicans in a post published by The Daily Caller on Tuesday.
In January, Republicans will dominate the House with a 222-213 majority. To be elected speaker, a candidate must receive a majority of the 218 votes cast by the 435 members of the House.
“I’m running for Speaker to break the establishment. Kevin McCarthy was created by, elevated by, and maintained by the establishment,” Biggs said in a tweet on Tuesday.
I’m running for Speaker to break the establishment.
Kevin McCarthy was created by, elevated by, and maintained by the establishment.https://t.co/tKLPXUxSOA
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 6, 2022
In his Daily Caller article, Biggs stated categorically, “It is time for new leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Biggs argued that making McCarthy the speaker would be beneficial for all parties except for conservatives.
“The Left wants to see a McCarthy Speakership, as outgoing Majority Whip Clyburn said. Establishment Republicans want to see a continuation of the Swamp, as Paul Ryan has endorsed McCarthy for speaker. And, even phony conservative types, claim that McCarthy is the only guy for them (see radio talker Mark Levin for example, who after blasting McCarthy for years has decided that he is perfect for the job),” he wrote. “And people wonder why the establishment is the establishment.”
“We actually have the opportunity to dislodge the establishment and reinvigorate the America First movement that was founded by former President Donald Trump. Yes, that Donald Trump,” wrote Biggs.
Biggs criticized McCarthy for collaborating with Democrats on a budget package “that will bloat our national debt and extend until next October” and eliminate the strongest leverage House Republicans have over the Biden administration.
He claimed that McCarthy went along with the wrong crowd.
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“When people like me instituted a plan to challenge the Democrats using every procedural tool we had, our leader castigated us. I was told that it is inconvenient to require votes on every bill,” he wrote, adding that standing firm would have brought Democrats to heel.
“I and my team were rebuffed. The result: the Democrats were able to dismantle America with virtually little resistance … CONTINUE READING…