DeSantis questions McCarthy’s leadership as House speaker

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has spoken out against Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) returning as House Speaker.

DeSantis shared the concerns during an interview back in 2017 when McCarthy previously served as the GOP House leader.

The interview

“During an exclusive interview with Floridian Publisher Javier Manjarrés in October 2017, then-Congressman Ron DeSantis first expressed his lack of faith in House Republican Leadership over its refusal to investigate the Clinton Foundation and former House staffer Imran Awan,” Floridian Press reported.

“Part of the frustration that I have had, the House and Republican rule has not been as effective as it needs to be in doing oversight,” DeSantis said.

“I mean, you remember the Clinton Foundation? When that scandal broke, we were barred from the leadership from doing one hearing, one subpoena, and nothing in the congress about the Clinton Foundation. You had all this money going into the foundation from foreign governments, you had money going to Bill Clinton from foreign governments, you had Hillary taking action as Secretary of State,” he added.

The January problem

“Although McCarthy won the Republican nomination for Speaker earlier this month, he still needs to come up with the 218 votes needed to officially be elected Speaker of the House by Jan. 3,” Newsmax reported.

“According to The Hill, a Speaker can be elected with less than 218 votes if there are absences or vacancies or if some members vote ‘present.’ Democrats will have about 213 seats and will likely all vote for a Democrat nominee for Speaker, while Republicans will have about 222 seats,” it added.

Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R) is among those opposing McCarthy as speaker.

“I’ve seen enough,” he tweeted. “I cannot vote for Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker.

“I do not believe he will ever get to 218 votes, and I refuse to assist him in his effort to get those votes.”

At least five Republicans currently oppose McCarthy, setting up a major controversy for the party to begin next year.