NEWT: McCarthy’s GOP ‘Blackmailers’ Are ‘Self-Righteous Opportunists’

  • Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich unleashed on the hard-right faction that is opposing Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid.
  • Gingrich referred to McCarthy’s opponents as “blackmailers” who are “not just shaking down McCarthy, they are shaking down their fellow House members who voted for him.”
  • Gingrich noted that on Nov. 15, the House Republican Conference voted 188-31 for McCarthy over Rep. Andy Biggs to be the next Speaker. “That is an 85 percent majority. In most elections, that’s considered decisive. But not to the blackmailers,” Gingrich wrote.
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