After four days of voting on the House floor for the next Speaker of the House, tempers flared tonight when Republican Rep.Mike Rogers of Alabama lunged at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the congressman who’s been leading the effort to prevent Kevin McCarthy from becoming Speaker.

Chaos ensured on the House floor as the 14th vote for Speaker fell short by one vote for McCarthy.

Daily Mail reports – McCarthy immediately walked up to Reps. Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert, presumably with the intent of persuading them to change their ‘present’ votes to ‘yes.’

Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama then lunged at Gaetz and had to be held back by Rep. Richard Hudson before an all-out fistfight could break out on the House floor.


The Republican lawmaker from Alabama, a member of the House Steering Committee responsible for making committee chair recommendations, recently threatened the holdout Republicans who don’t vote for McCarthy that they will be stripped of committee assignments.

A 15th vote tonight is in the works after a motion to adjourn until noon on Monday failed.

Matt Gaetz could be seen talking to McCarthy after the scuffle with Rep. Rogers.


According to Scott Presler, Rep. Matt Gaetz has changed his vote to “nay,” and it appears he may have an agreement with Rep. McCarthy.

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