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.’
BREAKING: Rep. @MattGaetz votes present, leaving Kevin McCarthy one vote short of being confirmed as Speaker.
McCarthy confronts him. pic.twitter.com/P4DnydLp2E
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 7, 2023
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.
BREAKING: Rep. Mike Rogers just lunged at Matt Gaetz.
This is getting INSANE.pic.twitter.com/ug9UjxNHHK
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 7, 2023
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.
During vote to adjourn Matt Gaetz talks to Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy changes his vote to adjourn.
Appears a 15th vote for speaker will take place shortly.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 7, 2023
According to Scott Presler, Rep. Matt Gaetz has changed his vote to “nay,” and it appears he may have an agreement with Rep. McCarthy.
The motion to adjourn until noon on Monday has failed.
Matt Gaetz changed his vote to nay & it appears he may have an agreement w/ McCarthy.
A 15th House Speaker vote is imminent.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) January 7, 2023