Marjorie Taylor Greene complained that Boebert and Gaetz 'negotiated nothing for me' as they held House speaker vote to ransom

Freedom Caucus
(L-R) Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene vented over Kevin McCarthy's ailing campaign to be elected House speaker.

  • She accused allies of omitting her from negotiations over future committee roles.

  • McCarthy's bid has exposed divisions between former close allies in the Republican Party.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia vented at former allies in the hard-right Republican Freedom Caucus on Tuesday, as GOP infighting over Rep. Kevin McCarthy's ailing House speaker bid intensified.

In an appearance on Steve Bannon's 'War Room' podcast, Greene expressed anger over efforts by former allies to negotiate more concessions, in the form of committee roles, in exchange for backing McCarthy's candidacy.


"Do you know why I'm upset? Because Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, and Scott Perry, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, walked into Kevin McCarthy's office last night and made their own personal demands about what subcommittee chairmanships they want to have, and who they want on committees, and who they want taken off committees.

"And guess what? The chairman of the Freedom Caucus negotiated nothing for me," she said.

The battle over the House speaker position has, in recent days, turned usually adamant allies on the GOP hard right against each other.

McCarthy repeatedly failed in his bid to win the 218 votes to be elected House speaker on Tuesday, marking the first time since 1923 that the House adjourned having failed to elect a speaker after the first round of voting.

While Greene has backed McCarthy's bid, other prominent members of the faction, including Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, have opposed it.

Greene has reportedly already secured an agreement with McCarthy that she'd return to prominent committee roles if he won, having been ousted by the then-Democratic majority in 2021 over accusations that she promoted conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric.

At the same time, McCarthy offered a major concession to his opponents on Sunday, agreeing to rule changes that would make it easier for them to oust him. But it wasn't enough to secure their support on Tuesday.

Ahead of the vote, Rep. Scott Perry blasted McCarthy for declining to agree to concessions on committee postings that he claimed would have been enough to secure McCarthy his 218 votes, Politico reported.

Politico also reported that McCarthy's opponents don't trust him, making it unlikely they would be swayed by any further concessions.

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