Rep. Anna Paulina takes credit for Rep. Ken Buck's expulsion from House Freedom Caucus

 March 29, 2024

Since taking over as House speaker late last year, Louisiana Republican Rep. Mike Johnson has struggled to preside over a deeply divided caucus.

An example of that division was on display this week when Florida Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna took credit for getting a colleague forced out of the House Freedom Caucus. 

"We have a code of honor here"

According to the Washington Examiner, Luna made the claim while participating in an interview on Thursday with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

"I don’t know that I’ve publicly said this, but with what Rep. Buck had done, especially to another member of Congress, in potentially hamstringing Rep. Boebert's election, I actually was the member that came forward and asked him to leave the Freedom Caucus," Luna told Bartiromo.

"And as a result of that, he was actually expelled from the Freedom Caucus. So, you know, we have a code of honor here. And as a result of that, if you can’t live by that code of honor, then you don’t deserve the title," she added.

Buck has created a headache for Lauren Boebert

Buck announced earlier this month that he would be leaving Congress on March 22, thereby reducing the GOP's already slim House majority.

Fox News noted that the move triggered a special election to be held on June 25 for his seat in Colorado's 4th Congressional District.

This in turn created a headache for Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, who currently represents Colorado's 3rd District but had planned to run in the more conservative 4th District following Buck's retirement.

Luna also addressed outgoing Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher, calling on him to depart in time for a special election.

Marjorie Taylor Greene calls for Mike Gallagher's expulsion

Her remarks came days after Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Geene told Bartiromo that Johnson should support expelling Gallagher so as to make way for a suitable replacement.

"Speaker Johnson should be forcing Mike Gallagher to leave early so that his district can hold a special election, and any strong Republican Speaker of the House would expel a member for leaving our razor-thin majority in such a delicate, delicate state. We cannot allow — we cannot allow this," The Hill quoted Greene as saying.

"Mike Gallagher betrayed all of us. And Speaker Johnson, as the one who’s responsible for our majority, praised Mike Gallagher on Friday after he announced his departure, saying that he’s great and praising him and thanking him for his service in Congress," she added.

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