Near Brawl: Rogers Restrained From Fighting Gaetz

  • House members had to physically restrain Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers from lunging at Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz after the 14th failed attempt to elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House.
  • McCarthy came within half a vote of securing the speakership after the 14th vote. Although McCarthy received 216 votes, this was not enough to secure the speakership at the time. Gaetz and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) voted “present” and four other House Republicans voted for other members.
  • After the 14th failed vote, McCarthy approached Gaetz and they talked briefly.
  • As McCarthy walked away, Rogers approached and had to be restrained.